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Sabrina Cover Image
My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Cover Image
Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel Cover Image
Olive, Again (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
The Feral Detective: A Novel Cover Image
Bridge of Clay Cover Image
Grand Union: Stories Cover Image
Horror Stories: A Memoir Cover Image
The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image

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Sadie

Three Things I Like: witches, glitter, & magic

Currently Reading: The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250175533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - October 29th, 2019

The Silvered Serpents Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144577
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

The Night Circus Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Throne of Glass Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 7th, 2013

Jon

 

Three Things I Like: 80's New Wave, Nintendo, and being angry online

Currently Reading: The End of the Myth by Greg Grandin

The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250179821
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Metropolitan Books - March 5th, 2019

Julia

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Three Things I Like: Craft beer, Star Wars, and veggie korma

Currently Reading:  What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine, Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

What Should Be Wild: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062684141
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2019

Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

Tabitha

Three Things I Like: glitter, astrology, and Jon & Sadie & Carly

Currently Reading: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250169440
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Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780425286555
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2016

Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250178954
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Published: Forge Books - May 28th, 2019

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Irene

Three Things I Like: sunlight, tea fogs, long walks in almost any weather

Currently Reading: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019

Aaron

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Three Things I Like: narwhals, scrabble, tarot cards

Currently Reading: Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You by Clive D.L. Wynne

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328543967
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 24th, 2019

Kyle

Three Things I Like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow 

Currently Reading: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

The Overstory Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635522
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 3rd, 2018

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 


American Gods: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."

 


East of Eden Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking - June 24th, 2003

The Nix: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

Days Without End: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Penguin Books - April 25th, 2017

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Carly

Three things I like: sushi, Renee Magritte, and other peoples' drama

Currently reading: Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov

Laughter in the Dark (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679724506
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - December 17th, 1989

Abby

 

Three things I like: car rides, carbs, and making up new lyrics to songs

Currently reading: Loitering by Charles D'Ambrosio

Loitering: New and Collected Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639879
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tin House Books - November 11th, 2014

Heather

Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416548942
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pocket Books - May 20th, 2008

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.

-Heather- 


Karrie

Three Things I Like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads

Currently reading: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I love Russian novels -- give me Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and I'll be entertained for days. It's hard to adapt/capture the feelings evoked by these classic Russian novels in the 21st centure, let alone by the hand of an American author.  Towles came damn close, through this tale of a count sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, which is across from the Kremlin in Moscow.  Recounting days spent and lives lived in this swanky hotel, this book offers a great escape. Highly recommend!


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.

-Karrie- 


The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

Suzy

 
Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
 
 
 
 
The Forgetting Time: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250118714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.

-Suzy- 



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Events

Chris L. Terry, "Black Card"

We are so excited to welcome Chris L. Terry back to celebrate the launch of his second novel Black Card!

“Chris L. Terry is so damn good at peeling back all the tricky layers of race and identity and belonging, and grappling with all the icky stuff of being young and trying to figure out how to be. I’m a ’90s kid who spent my afternoons earnestly taping obscure rock songs off college radio in suburban Chicagoland, so Black Card feels like it was written explicitly for me. It’s a hilarious and honest examination of race and punk authenticity that’s probably gonna feel like it was written for you, too.”

Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

About Black Card: Chris L. Terry's Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life.

Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and attempts to date his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him.

About Chris L. TerryCHRIS L. TERRY was born in 1979 to an African American father and an Irish American mother. He has an BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a creative writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Terry's debut novel, Zero Fade, was named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and Kirkus Reviews. Terry lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Black Card Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226264
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Catapult - August 13th, 2019

Essay Fiesta!

Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Show starts at 7pm, so get here early to grab a seat and a drink!

Don't forget the theme song!

All donations go to 826 Chicago.

Event date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Closing early @ 5PM for Thanksgiving!

We will be closing at 5PM to give our lovely staff extra time to travel and prep side dishes!

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 10:00am
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CLOSED: Happy Thanksgiving!

Event date: 
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 10:00am
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Salon: Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club meets to discuss their November pick, The Wild Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

Event date: 
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Jonathan Blum, "The Usual Uncertainties" in Conversation with Christian TeBordo

We're excited to welcome Jonathan Blum to the store to read from his first short story collection The Usual Uncertainties!

"In these wonderfully various stories, gentle and bizarre and tragic and very funny, there are characters the likes of which have rarely been given life in fiction: The young son of a pulmonary oncologist learns excitedly to read x-rays, and that excitement is very different than what his father feels. A widow makes a business of bringing a quality of life to elders, and a thirteen-year-old Roger, on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, has a T-shirt stamped: I'd Rather Be Davening. Herm is a one-man ad hoc adoption agency finding unwanted newborns and delivering them into well-appointed futures. Jonathan Blum descends from a great tradition of Jewish storytellers, Richler, Malamud, Michaels, and he brings the tradition into the twenty-first century, and he brings the tradition west, too, to Los Angeles. Oh, and south to Florida, and right up to the Shabbat table where Adam sits with his Thai girlfriend in 'A Certain Light on Los Angeles.' There is a certain light here in these stories and it is very much worth your time."-Michelle Latiolais

About The Usual Uncertainties: Jonathan Blum's highly anticipated first collection is storytelling at its finest. In precise, elegant prose, these stories follow characters and communities often consigned to the edge of the frame: a community college dropout, a geriatric care manager, a square dance bar mitzvah, a Scrabble club, an entrepreneurial Thai immigrant, and a South Florida country club. With echoes of Leonard Michaels, Mavis Gallant, and Lore Segal, Blum explores the ways our divergent histories tether us together and at times push us completely apart. THE USUAL UNCERTAINTIES: STORIES revels in the persistent human struggle to love with abandon and marks a dynamic voice in American short fiction.

About Jonathan Blum: Jonathan Blum is the author of two books of fiction: LAST WORD (Rescue Press, 2013), a novella, and THE USUAL UNCERTAINTIES: STORIES (Rescue Press, 2019), a story collection. Blum grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His short stories have appeared in Angels Flight-literary west, The Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Playboy, Sonora Review, Shanxi Literature, among others. He has taught fiction writing at The University of Iowa, Drew University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship in Scotland, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He has also been a guest writer at the Tianjin Binhai New Area International Writing Program in China. He lives in Los Angeles.

About Christian TeBordo: Christian TeBordo's latest book, Ghost Engine, won the Bridge Eight Fiction Prize and will be published this fall. He is the author of four previous books, including Toughlahoma, published by Rescue in 2015. He lives with his family in Chicago, where he is director of the MFA Program and assistant professor of English at Roosevelt University. 

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
The Usual Uncertainties: Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780999418659
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rescue Press - November 1st, 2019

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