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  • We are not yet open for browsing! Our apologies for any inconvenience. We are happy to ship books wherever they need to go, and are still offering our contact-free vestibule pickup option, Monday - Friday from 11am - 5pm. Please knock on the inner doors if you need assistance when collecting your book order and we will come to you! For all other inquiries please shoot us an email at


    Dear Readers,

    As of Saturday, March 21st at 5pm, The Book Cellar will be closed to the public until further notice for the health and safety of our customers, staff, neighborhood, and city, per Governor Pritzker's shelter in place executive order for the state of Illinois.

    That being said, we do have some good news! We can now ship books directly from our distributor's warehouse to your front door. All you have to do is place your order through our website and select our regular USPS shipping option, then we'll take it from there! This will be the fastest way to get your books moving forward, and the best way to continue to support The Book Cellar. As of April 10th, Media Mail shipping is no longer an option due to the unprecedented level of packages USPS is currently handling. All book orders must now be shipped via USPS Priority in order to be insured against lost or damaged products. Thank you for your understanding! 

    As of May 1st, we are now once again offering a store pickup option! We are still busily shipping out customer orders Monday through Friday, but readers will now have the option to swing by and snag their orders themselves from our pickup table, located in our vestibule. Customer orders will be bagged and clearly labeled. We only ask that you please be respectful of your fellow readers, do your best to avoid contact with other customers' orders collecting your own, and limit the vestibule capacity to one person at a time. An important note: please wait until you are notified your order is ready for pickup! We may need to order your book(s) into the store, and that can take a couple days. We will be sure to let you know as soon as they arrive! To take advantage of this new offer, all you'll need to do is select "In-Store Pickup" when ordering online, or feel free to email us at or call the store at (773) 293-2665. Booksellers will be manning the phones from 11am - 5pm Monday through Friday. 

    We appreciate your patience as response times might be slower than usual due to, well, everything currently going on! We have but two phone lines, and are currently adhereing to social distancing guidelines for our highly reduced staff. If you are unable to reach a bookseller when you call, we are likely busy assisting other customers. Feel free to call us back another time, place your order online with no human interaction necessary, or shoot us an email and we will be sure to get back to you just as soon as we possibly can. Please note: we will only be manning the store phones Monday - Friday from 11am - 5pm. If you attempt to reach us outside of these hours, we will not be there to answer. 

    As many of you have likely heard, Amazon confirmed that it’s significantly delaying US deliveries of all nonessential items during the coronavirus pandemic. According to product listings on its website, some of these shipments will be delayed by as much as a month. They are also experiencing the same slow shipping times are the rest of us, as they too depend on the currently-incredibly-overburdened Postal Service. So don’t forget to keep looking to your local shops and vendors! We’re here to help!

    Now, here are some answers to some frequently asked questions:

    • Yes, we are still taking orders! You are welcome to place an order through our website, to be shipped directly to the address of your choosing, or for contact-free store pickup.
    • We are currently not fulfilling orders on the weekends so our small staff has a chance to recharge, breathe, and tackle some of our own quarantine needs!
    • If you haven't heard anything from us about your order, that means that something is back ordered and/or out of stock at our distributor's warehouses. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like more information, but we promise we are not ignoring you! We circle back on all unfulfilled orders daily to see if/when we can fulfill them, and one of us will eyeball and log your order within one day of when you initially placed it, with the exception of the weekends.
    • Please disregard the "Availability" status our website provides for products. Our website is not synced up with either our store inventory or our distributor's warehouse stock at this time. If you do need to know the availability of any particular item, please call the store at (773) 293-2665, or send us an email at for the fastest response and most accurate availability information.
    • We are aware that USPS shipping times are currently running slow. After many hours of back and forths with both the postal service and our distributor, we have discovered that due to the unprecedented backlog USPS is currently facing, particularly in large markets such as Chicago, packages are remaining at postal facilities much longer than usual. This is unfortunately even true for packages labeled priority mail. With such a large portion of the population currently depending on delivery for both essential and nonessential goods due to coronavirus, shipping times are simply stretching long. The good news is that we have also started to hear back from those same customers with delayed shipments. So far, every single one of them has received their books. Things are just moving much more slowly than we're used to!
    • If we have sent out tracking and your book hasn't moved for a while, that probably means that it is part of the USPS backlog. Feel free to check in with us on the status of your order, but please be aware that the timelines for delivery are often nebulous and will likely take longer than "normal".

    If you are looking for ways to support The Book Cellar right now, here are a few things you can do:

    • Place orders on our website! We are more than happy to ship you books directly from our distributor's warehouse. Stories are more important now than ever. Take advantage of your unexpected free time by finally picking up that book you've been promising yourself you're going to read for years!
    • Buy a gift card! You now have the option to purchase a Book Cellar gift card directly through our website. We are happy to mail the gift card to you for free if you provide your shipping address! This is a great way to support all local businesses and restaurants right now, and gives you something fun to look forward to once this is all over!
    • Subscribe to! partners with independent bookstores across the nation to provide readers easy access to the wide world of audiobooks, while still allowing them to support their local neighborhood bookstore.
    • Check out our page on Bookshop! Bookshop is an online bookstore whose sole mission is supporting local, independent bookstores. Simply search your favorite local bookstore, and the proceeds from your online purchase will go directly to them! If you're strugging with our website, or are just curious to checkout a new online ordering platform (Am*zon who??), be sure to take a look! -->

    The whirlwind of emotions we have experienced is hard to describe. It's our job to deal with words, but it's almost impossible to express how grateful we are to all of you who placed orders, bought gift cards, asked for recommendations, stocked up on wine, promoted us on your social media channels, or left messages of encouragement and support. We truly feel the love you have for your community and for indie bookstores in general.

    We know things are changing quickly out there, and we just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your continued support during these uncertain times. We'll never stop saying it! Wherever you're sheltering, stay safe and stay sane out there. It's our firm belief that stories are necessary to manage any uncertainty or crisis.

    Happy reading!

    -The Book Cellar Staff


Books Signed By Our Favorite Authors

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Cover Image
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal #2) Cover Image
The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek: A Novel Cover Image
Black Star Renegades Cover Image
You Have Me to Love Cover Image
How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization Cover Image
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook Cover Image
American Salvage Cover Image
Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
Charlatan: New and Selected Stories Cover Image



Three Things I Like: witches, glitter, & magic

Currently Reading: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635574043
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The Wise Man's Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407124
Availability: Special Order
Published: DAW - March 6th, 2012

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
Availability: Special Order
Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170996
Availability: Special Order
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 3rd, 2019

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

A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765376466
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: Special Order
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

The Night Circus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744432
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119685
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

Throne of Glass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619630345
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 7th, 2013



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

Currently Reading: Health Justice Now by Tim Faust

Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197166
Availability: Special Order
Published: Melville House - August 6th, 2019


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

Currently Reading:  How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue, Star Wars: Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed

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How Beautiful We Were: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593132425
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - March 9th, 2021

Shadow Fall (Star Wars): An Alphabet Squadron Novel (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984820044
Availability: Special Order
Published: Del Rey - June 23rd, 2020


Three Things I Like: indie rock, John Mulaney, and making homemade pasta

Currently Reading: Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Bluets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: Special Order
Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009


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
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: Special Order
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
ISBN: 9781524761172
Availability: Special Order
Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019


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Three Things I Like: narwhals, scrabble, karaoke.

Currently Reading: The Nocturnal Brain by Dr. Guy Leschziner

The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250202703
Availability: Special Order
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 23rd, 2019


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
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635522
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 3rd, 2018

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

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Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: Special Order
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
ISBN: 9780062080233
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250083258
Availability: Special Order
Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983586
Availability: Special Order
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
ISBN: 9780670033041
Availability: Backordered
Published: Viking - June 24th, 2003

The Nix: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946619
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

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

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

Days Without End: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143111405
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062645227
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060883287
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

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

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

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


Three things I like: sushi, scary movies and 90s rock

Currently reading: Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683691433
Availability: Special Order
Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

Laughter in the Dark (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679724506
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - December 17th, 1989

Bad Behavior: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439148877
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2009



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
ISBN: 9781935639879
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tin House Books - November 11th, 2014


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)
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
ISBN: 9780679728757
Availability: Special Order
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.



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
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Special Order
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026197
Availability: Special Order
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
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.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171472
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455925
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014


Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Forgetting Time: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118714
Availability: Special Order
Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307955913
Availability: Special Order
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.


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Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Club will meet to discuss their August pick, She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore!

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
ZOOM (link forthcoming)
She Would Be King: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450017
Availability: Backordered
Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2019

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Old St. Pat's Book Club

The Old St. Pat's Book Club will meet to discuss their July pick, Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl.

Event date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Location TBD
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982381
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

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DesiLit Book Club

The DesiLit Book Club will meet virtually to discuss their July pick, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by Amulya Malladi!

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
ZOOM (link forthcoming)
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781096250784
Availability: Special Order
Published: Independently Published - May 16th, 2019

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Keith Ammann, "Live To Tell The Tale: Combat Tactics for Player Characters"

Keith Ammann brought his DM expertise to the store last year with The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters. Now he's back to even the scales with advice for players of all levels and character classes!

Join Keith for a virtual book talk/Q&A/workshop and take your combat actions to the next level!

Link for Zoom event

About Live To Tell The Tale: On the heels of The Monsters Know What They're Doing--a compilation of villainous battle plans for Dungeon Masters based on the author's popular blog-- Live to Tell the Tale evens the score, providing beginning and intermediate D&D players the tools they need to fight back. Examining combat roles, class features, party composition, positioning, debilitating conditions, attacking combinations, action economy, and the ever-important consideration of the best ways to run away, Live to Tell the Tale will help you get the most out of your character's abilities.

About Keith Ammann: Keith Ammann has been a Dungeons & Dragons player and DM for more than thirty years. He has been writing his fifth Edition D&D–focused blog The Monsters Know What They're Doing since 2016. He lives in Chicago.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
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Live to Tell the Tale: Combat Tactics for Player Characters (The Monsters Know What They’re Doing #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982122690
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 7th, 2020

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Sharon Dukett In Conversation with Rita Dragonette, "No Rules"

Please join us for a virtual event celebrating the debut memoir of Sharon Dukett! Sharon will joined by local breakout star Rita Dragonette (The Fourteeth of September) to discuss this story of leaving home, reasessing your values, and coming of age in a turbulent time.

Link for Zoom virtual event

About No Rules: It's 1971 in Connecticut, and sixteen-year-old Sharon's parents think that, because she's a girl, she should become a clerical office worker after high school and live at home until she marries and has a family. But Sharon wants to join the hippies and be part of the changing society, so she leaves home and heads to California.

Upon arriving in California, Sharon is thrown into an adult world for which she is unprepared, and she embarks on a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture. On her various adventures across the country and while living on a commune, with friends and lovers filtering in and out of her life, she realizes she must learn quickly in order to survive--as well as figure out a way to reconcile her developing spirituality with her Catholic upbringing.

In this colorful memoir, Sharon reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women's movement, and how they have transformed society's expectations for girls and women today--and, through it all, shares moments of triumph, joy, love, and awakening.


About Sharon Dukett: Sharon Dukett has been a computer programmer, deputy director in state government, cocktail waitress, and project manager (PMP certified), and she has designed and embroidered handmade clothing. She travels extensively using loyalty points and avoiding tourist traps. When she is home, she and her husband live in central Connecticut in a house he built that overlooks the Connecticut River―the house they raised their family in. When not writing or blogging, she is reading, skiing, biking, golfing, spending time with family and friends, creating clutter, and committing to more activities than she probably should. She loves reading memoir from a variety of backgrounds―to learn how others feel, experience life, and deal with their struggles. No Rules is her debut memoir.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
No Rules: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631528569
Availability: Special Order
Published: She Writes Press - June 2nd, 2020

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Racial Justice Book Club

The Racial Justice Book Club launches with their first (virtual) meeting, discussing Beverly Daniel Tatum's Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? 

Event date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Zoom (link forthcoming)
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465060689
Availability: Special Order
Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

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