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Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel Cover Image
The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
Bridge of Clay Cover Image
Ali: A Life Cover Image
The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
Looking for Alaska Cover Image
Prince in Disguise Cover Image
White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement--and How I Got Out Cover Image
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Lotte

Three Things I Like: pasta, animals, circus arts

Currently Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Whalen

Three Things I Like: books, trains, the future

Currently Reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai, Almost Everything by Anne Lamott

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

The Hundred-Year House: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127444
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525537441
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2018

Sadie

 

Three Things I Like: doing nothing, eating everything, & Harry Potter

Currently Reading: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316341714
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Spoonbenders: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525432418
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2018

Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

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

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

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

Ana

Three Things I Like: swords, tea, and cheese

Currently Reading: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812976533
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 4th, 2006

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

The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Six of Crows Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

Tony

Three Things I Like:  pitbulls, poetry and monster movies

Currently Reading: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras & House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542722
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Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018

House of Lords and Commons: Poems Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374537289
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 26th, 2017

Tabitha

Three Things I Like: eating non-stop, glitter, and Escapade by Janet Jackson

Currently Reading: My Plain Jane

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062652775
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Published: HarperTeen - June 26th, 2018

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

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Erica Jong (Introduction by), Marcelle Clements (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451530912
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Published: Signet - April 1st, 2008

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

Konner

Three Things I Like: napping, writing, and macaroni & cheese

Currently Reading: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781947793156
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Published: Tin House Books - October 9th, 2018

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

Portia

Three Things I Like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently Reading: This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385543965
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Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Elan Mastai has written the perfect time travel book.  Wait, scratch that.  He has written the perfect book.  What could become an overwhelmingly scientific account of time travel is instead a great book filled with laughter and crying and "oh god this is so good wait what's happening I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN" feelings.  I read this book in 100 page increments, finding it physically painful to put down.  Definitely at the top of my list of best books I have read this year (even though it, sadly, doesn't come out until next year).  I can't wait until I can put this in customers' hands.  I guess I will just have to make do with my co-workers for now...


The Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Carry On: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with.  Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page.  And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.


Eleanor Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101923924
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - January 12th, 2016

Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see.  Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go.  A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.


Kyle

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

Currently Reading: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt

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

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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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 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."

 


The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

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
$16.00
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
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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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Mark

Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

Warlock Cover Image
By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - November 21st, 2005

Elizabeth

 

Three things I like:  birds, tea, and The Great British Baking Show.

Currently reading: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

*Whether you are a sommelier, a boxed-wine drinker, a rose fanatic, or just wondering what the heck the buzz is about, Bianca Bosker delivers with Cork Dork!

Bianca Bosker co-founded The Huffington Post’s tech section and served as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014 when she handed herself over to the life of wine.
Cork Dork is that story: all at once a hilarious memoir, an instructional guide to drinking wine, and a window into the history, science, and philosophy of living for taste.
With writing that is both informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Cork Dork makes wine accessible. It shows you how to be present in the experience. To savor each sip, letting it play over your senses and your memories. And for civilians like me, it makes you want to participate:

While learning the proper routine of blind-tasting, I attempted to “blind” taste the GoT red blend.
While reading about the neuroscience of smell, I tried to better appreciate my pineapple coconut smoothie.
And while sitting in a very quiet cafe, I laughed out loud at the image of corks flying and exploding bottles of red wine.

READ. THIS. BOOK. 


Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This book left me breathless, heartbroken, and hopeful. Exit West is one of those rare titles that quietly speaks truth in the face of chaos and crisis. By bringing the refugee crisis to our own doorstep with magical realism, Hamid's narrative demands empathy for people whose struggles are otherwise filtered through political agenda. Nadia and Saeed help us to understand what it means to be forced into change despite overwhelming adversity, to be loyal to a past that is all but lost, and to finally find a new home in hope and love. Mohsin Hamid has given us a lens into the hard reality of our time while suggesting that with some humility, tenderness, and revision, we might just arrive to a new future battered but in tact and looking forward.


The One-Eyed Man Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - March 7th, 2017

The One-Eyed Man is provocative and exasperating. 
Ron Currie has presented readers with a unique insight on the human condition. Is our narrator painfully honest or unreliable to a fault? After the death of his wife and a moment of enlightenment, K. has found the ability (or so we are lead to believe) to see without bias and speak without filter. Grief and pain are irrelevant. But by "liberating" himself, K. may have doomed those around him. Is it better to drown in delusion or to be ripped apart by awareness? 
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king of his own mind until the blind revolt.
Incredibly well done.


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Pardon the temporal drag, but I believe that's future me declaring this my favorite book of 2017.
I am so grateful for the few months I have to digest this novel so I can present it to customers without dissolving into squeals and feels (Because if you review the audio of me reading the last 50 pages of this book, I very loudly experience the full range of human emotion)! 


Where this book is science fiction, it is smart and quirky, as fresh as a lemon tart and just as delicious. When it starts getting too complicated, our narrator reminds us that he doesn't really get it either.
But WAIT, this book is more than time travel. It is the consequences of our actions, the hope for a better tomorrow, the strength to be our best selves, the guilt we endure, and the love we live for. 
Plus it's REALLY fun, and is going to make an amazing film some day. 5 stars, plus a little gold star sticker on the side.


Sweetbitter: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf - May 24th, 2016

Savory and delicious--with a hint of cocaine and a strong note of self-discovery (and maybe a tinge of regret).

The kind of book that keeps you up until 2am screaming THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. My favorite book of the year so far.

--Liz


The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

Ocean at the End of the Lane was the most gripping novel on my 2015 list, occupying my time on two flights to and from Orange County. Complicated and heart-wrenching, it had me squirming in my seat. I found myself horrified and in awe of this young boy whose innocence allows him to recognize a danger that no "grown-up" can while leaving him feeling incapable of confronting its authority. Sitting on that plane, I felt both enlightened and powerless.

This book knows what it means to be a child.


Girl Through Glass: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell - August 30th, 2005

   


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 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
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Published: Pocket Books - May 20th, 2008

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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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
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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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
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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

Suzy T

 
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
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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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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**OFFSITE** John Mearsheimer @ the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Join us in welcoming John Mearsheimer to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on October 16th, 11:30am, as he presents his book, 
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities.


 

About John Mearsheimer:

John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His many books include Conventional Deterrence. He lives in Chicago, IL.

About The Great Delusion:

In this major statement, the renowned international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer argues that liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, is doomed to fail. It makes far more sense, he maintains, for Washington to adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad. It is widely believed in the West that the United States should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy, and build institutions. This policy of remaking the world in America’s image is supposed to protect human rights, promote peace, and make the world safe for democracy. But this is not what has happened. Instead, the United States has ended up as a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home. Mearsheimer tells us why this has happened.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 11:30am
Event address: 
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300234190
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Published: Yale University Press - September 25th, 2018

Local Author Night ft. Julie Hyzy, Jim Doherty, Beth Ann Fennelly, Francie Arenson, and Monica Berlin

It's Local Author Night at The Book Cellar featuring Julie Hyzy (Virtual Sabotage), Jim Doherty (An Obscure Grave), Beth Ann Fennelly (Heating & Cooling), Francie Arenson (Chuckerman Makes a Movie), and Monica Berlin (Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live).

 

  

 

 

About Julie Hyzy:

Julie Hyzy is a New York Times bestselling author who has won the Anthony, Barry, and Derringer awards. She writes the White House Chef Mystery series and Manor House series. In 2017 she began writing a new thriller stand-alone, which is a return to her beginnings, when she wrote darker mysteries and thrillers as well as short stories with a futuristic twist. Virtual Sabotage launches in October, 2018. Julie and her husband Curt live in Chicago’s Southwest suburbs.

About Virtual Sabotage:

Virtual Sabotage introduces Kenna Ward, an envoy for a virtual reality company whose implants create a thrilling world that allows people to create daring scenarios in a safe environment. Most of the time, that is. When in the rare instance the human brain mistakes the terrifying event as real, it's up to Ward to enter the scenario and pull them back to reality. But when a key envoy goes rogue and people begin responding in odd and dangerous ways, Ward delves deeper, finding a sinister conspiracy to take over not only the virtual reality world, but the real one as well. Ward must stop it before there are no longer any independent minds left to control.

About Jim Doherty:

A cop for more than 20 years, Jim has served American law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, policing everything in Chicago, from inner city streets to rural dirt roads, from college campuses to military bases, from suburban parks to urban railroad yards. His first book, Just the Facts - True Tales of Cops and Criminals, was a finalist for the Macavity Award in the non-fiction category. An Obscure Grave is his first novel. 

About An Obscure Grave:

A beautiful victim. An elusive criminal. A part time policeman. Three pieces of the mystery. Dan Sullivan, UC Berkeley undergrad and part-time cop, is working the tip-line for a missing-persons case that is getting national attention. DeeDee Merryweather, beautiful Cal co-ed, has disappeared. The prevailing theory is that she's been abducted. But one of the tipsters, an anonymous caller claiming psychic powers, believes it's a murder, because, she says, she's sensed DeeDee's corpse buried in a makeshift tomb. If she's right, the Berkeley Police and the FBI are on the wrong track. But will a part-time reservist be able to put them on the right one that leads to DeeDee's obscure grave? And, from there, to her killer?

About Beth Ann Fennelly:

Beth Ann Fennelly was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois, and is now Poet Laureate of Mississippi and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. A contributing editor to The Oxford American, she also writes freelance on travel, culture, and design for many magazines. Beth Ann lives with her husband and their three children, Anna Claire, Thomas, and Nolan, in Oxford, Mississippi.

About Heating & Cooling:

The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

About Francie Arenson:

Francie Arenson Dickman has been using her family as the source of writing material her whole life. Her personal essays have appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Today Parents, Motherwell Magazine, Brain Child Magazine, among others. She lives in the same suburb of Chicago in which she grew up, with her husband, twin daughters and dog, Pickles. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law.

About Chuckerman Makes a Movie:

“Love matters a little, but luck matters more.” October 9, 2018---The words of thirty-five-year-old David Melman's Jewish grandmother still haunt him. He's scared to settle down. Instead, he dates twenty-something pop stars that he meets through his celebrity-branding business. But when his niece and nephew inform him that he's hit "rock bottom" with his latest inappropriate relationship, David realizes that change might be in order. So, when his sister Marcy, with her own ulterior motive, pushes him to take a film-writing class taught by her friend Laurel, he agrees. Will writing a movie about a childhood visit to his grandparents in Florida, an unforgettable driving lesson, and a 1977 Cadillac bring David love? Luck? Or both? Alternating between David's present-day life and his past through his movie script, Chuckerman Makes a Movie is a romantic comedy blended with a comedic coming-of-age.

About Monica Berlin:

Monica is the author of Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live, winner of the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open (fall 2018), No Shape Bends the River So Long, a collaboration with Beth Marzoni (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions, 2015), and two chapbooks, From Maybe To Region and Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy. A native of Chicago, Berlin is a professor of English, long-time associate director of the Program in Creative Writing, and chair of English at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois.

About Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live:

Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live resides at the turbulent confluence of relentless news cycles and the repeated rending of our interior lives. These poems notice the day in the wind, the night tucked up to the train tracks, and a slipping-in of yesterday, memory-laden, alongside the promise of a more hopeful tomorrow. Here is the Midwest, vibrant and relic, in the ongoing years of collapse and recovery. Here the constant companionship of weather lays claim to its own field of vision. Here, too, devastation: what’s left after. Berlin reminds us we are at the mercy of rivers, oceans, earth, wind, rain, blizzard, drought, and each other. “Maybe what I mean / to say is that I’ve come to see all the names we might / recognize destruction by,” Berlin’s speaker discovers. “We might / sometimes, stupidly, call it love.”



 

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
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The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Virtual Sabotage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780983506737
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Published: Calexia Press - October 23rd, 2018

An Obscure Grave Cover Image
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 17th, 2018

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 10th, 2017

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Published: She Writes Press - October 9th, 2018

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Published: Southern Illinois University Press - October 11th, 2018

Jeremy T. Wilson, "Adult Teeth"

Join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate Nelsen Algren Award winning author Jeremy T. Wilson and his debut story collection, Adult Teeth (Tortoise Books) in conversation with Billy Lombardo.

 

About the Author:

Jeremy T. Wilson is a former winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in literary magazines such as The Carolina Quarterly, The Florida Review, Hobart, Sonora Review, Third Coast and other publications. He holds an MFA from Northwestern University and teaches creative writing at The Chicago High School for the Arts. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and daughter.

About Adult Teeth: 

A suburban lawyer obsessively searches for her out-of-work husband's sex doll; a grieving man buys a parrot for the stranger who saved his life; a retired Florida lineman discovers a power more vital than electricity. In his debut collection Adult Teeth, award-winning short story writer Jeremy T. Wilson skillfully presents a cast of compelling characters who grapple with life's big concerns: marriage, friendship, parenthood, death. With heartbreak and humor, these twelve stories explore the brutal truth that for all these characters, as for all of us, time is lying in wait, ready to punch us in the mouth.

About Billy Lombardo:
Billy Lombardo is the author of three books of fiction. The Man with Two Arms, How to Hold a Woman, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories,and one book of something else, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. He is the 2011 Nelson Algren Fiction Award winner and the founder and managing editor of Polyphony Lit,a student-run, international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He teaches English literature and creative writing at the Latin School of Chicago.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
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The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Chicao, IL 60625
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ISBN: 9781948954013
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Published: Tortoise Books - October 16th, 2018

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Simon Smith, "Son of Soothsayer"

Join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate Simon Smith and his debut novel, Son of Soothsayer (New Meridian Arts).

About Son of Soothsayer

This provocative satirical novel dares to question the prevailing notion that the cure-all for society's ills is a heavy dose of positive thinking. Written as a chapter-by-chapter response to the self-help manual The Secret, Son of Soothsayer is both a sprawling family saga and critical look at the trappings of new age philosophy. The book traces the coming-of-age of narrator Clayton Blaine, who lives in the shadow of a mother so steeped in the cult of positive thinking that she thinks she can alter the universe by the sheer force of concentration. Through a series of sometimes comic, sometimes poignant snapshots of Clayton's adolescence, readers will be captivated by the family's ruinous attempts at enlightenment and moved by their resolve to mine truth from the rubble, no matter the cost.

 -  " Funny, touching, insightful, and ultimately wise, Simon A. Smith’s Son of Soothsayer is a novel that delights." - Terrell Isselhard, Windy City Review.

 -  " Delightfully reminiscent of Cruddy by Lynda Barry, Smith's gift for colorful description and propulsive storytelling is intoxicating." Ben Tanzer, author of Be Cool and SEX AND DEATH

 -  "The danger of blind optimism is often underestimated, but in this book, the threat is tangible and urgent. Smith does an impressive job building the menacing facets, creating suspense while also allowing readers the relief of laughing at the characters' pratfalls along the way. A perfect book for this moment, when it feels impossible to ignore the shifting dynamics of politics and community. Here is a new lens to peer through in search of that elevated empathy and understanding". - Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It and My Only Wife

 

About Simon Smith: 

A Chicago novelist, teacher and script writer, Simon holds a BA in fiction writing and a MAT in secondary education. His fiction has appeared in many journals, including Hobart PulpWhiskey IslandJuked and Curbside Splendor. His journalism has also aired on Chicago Public Radio and appeared in the Chicago Reader. He lives in the Albany Park neighborhood with his wife and son.

Event date: 
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
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The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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**OFFSITE** Thrilling Mysteries & Mysterious Thrillers (YA Panel) @Sulzer Library

Join us at Sulzer Regional Library for an afternoon with a panel of thriller and mystery YA authors. 

Learn More at chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events

Panel Authors: 

Caleb Roehrig, Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit

Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

 

Kayla Ancrum, The Wicker King

My name is Kayla. I’m a 27-year-old author from Chicago. I’ve been writing books for about 14 years now. The Wicker King is my debut novel and I have a second novel called The Weight of the Stars coming out this March 19th.

 

Michelle Falkoff, Playlist for the Dead, Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You

I was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I pretty much spent my whole childhood reading and then went off to study literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After that, I attended Columbia Law School in New York and went on to be an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. (My weirdest case involved a battle over the patent for the variant of blue-green algae that makes farm-raised salmon turn pink when they eat it.) I quit practicing law to study fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and ever since then I've been teaching legal writing and fiction writing and writing novels. Right now, I serve as the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teach fiction on the side at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. I'm the author of Questions I Want to Ask You (2018), Pushing Perfect (2016), and Playlist for the Dead (2015), with more to come.

 

Amelia Brunskill, The Window

Amelia Brunskill was born in Melbourne, Australia, but she grew up mostly in Washington state where she picked a lot of blackberries, read a lot of books and failed to properly appreciate the epic beauty of the mountains and the Pacific ocean. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and art from the University of Washington and her master’s in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Chicago, where she eats as much Thai food as possible and works as a librarian.The Window is her debut novel.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event address: 
Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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Published: Imprint - October 31st, 2017

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Published: HarperTeen - October 25th, 2016

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Published: HarperTeen - May 1st, 2018

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Published: HarperTeen - May 29th, 2018

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Published: Delacorte Press - April 3rd, 2018

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**OFFSITE** Chicago’s Best Baker Contest @ Wilson Abbey

Join us at Wilson Abbey for the Chicago’s Best Baker Contest, where the best amateur bakers in Chicago compete for the title of Chicago’s Best Baker!

More info at chicagosbestbaker.com

Event date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Wilson Abbey
935 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
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