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Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum Cover Image
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     Three Things I Like: Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, and Spy
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Three Things I Like: Also Star Wars, coffee, and long walks

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ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374308865
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 7th, 2020


Three Things I Like: witches, glitter, & magic

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

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ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

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ISBN: 9780756407124
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Published: DAW - March 6th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

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

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ISBN: 9781619630345
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 7th, 2013


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

Currently Reading:  The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán & Sophie Hughes (Translator)

2020 Favorites!

The Shadow King: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393358513
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

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ISBN: 9781566895507
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 6th, 2019


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

Currently Reading: The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

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ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018



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

Currently reading: Neon Girls by Jennifer Worley

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ISBN: 9780062971326
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 9th, 2020

Luster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512835
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 12th, 2019

Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356199
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 25th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781935639879
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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


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By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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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
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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.



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
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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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ISBN: 9780770436407
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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
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014


Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
Currently reading: The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
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ISBN: 9781250155849
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 14th, 2020

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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
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.


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Salon: A Classics Book Club

The Salon Classics Book Club will meet to discuss their October pick, Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson!

Event date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:30pm
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By Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143107040
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 25th, 2013

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Salon: A Classics Book Club

The Salon Classics Book Club will meet to discuss their October pick, The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty!

Event date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780679728832
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 1990

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Book Cellar Book Club

The Book Cellar Book Club will meet to discuss their November pick, I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid!

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126949
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 21st, 2017

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Kevin C. O'Leary, "Madison's Sorrow"

Join us virtually to hear Kevin C. O'Leary read from his new work Madison's Sorrow and to learn about the mess that we've gotten ourselves into.

About Madison's Sorrow: Today’s marriage of white-identity Southerners and their northern allies to moneyed libertarians is no run-of-the-mill political partnership. Instead, it is extraordinarily dangerous. Clearly, conservatives have lost their party. And without conservatives debating liberals in an intellectual, respectful manner to address the nation’s problems, Madisonian democracy breaks down. 

A stimulating reinterpretation of the American experience, Madison’s Sorrow exposes the intellectual and moral deficiencies of the illiberal right while offering a robust defense of the liberal tradition.

About Kevin C. O'Leary: Kevin C. O'Leary is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine and teaches in the Political Science Department at Chapman University. A contributor to The American Prospect, he was the lead West Coast reporter for TIME, as well as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He earned his PhD at Yale University. His previous book, Saving Democracy: A Plan for Real Representation in America, was a finalist for the American Political Science Association's Michael Harrington Award.

Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail us at to RSVP and we will send login information closer to the event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781643134345
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 5th, 2020

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Mike Puican in conversation with Rosellen Brown, "Central Air"

(Mike's headshot taken by: Iwona Biedermann)

“When I read Mike Puican’s Central Air, I can feel Chicago in my bones like hot sidewalks and gridded streets. [...] Wherever you are, open these pages to find a map back to a place where the wind is ruler of everything it touches, a place that ‘twists its way into our hearts." - Tyehimba Jess, author of Ohio

"Mike Puican’s homage to that most relentless of cities is nothing less than revelatory, and the poetic landscape will have to shift in appreciation.” - Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art

Event is free, but registration is required. Please e-mail us at with the subject line "Mike Puican RSVP" to reserve your spot.
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About Central Air:  Set in the urban Chicago landscape, Central Air explores the human challenge of living with strong desires, limited knowledge, and no saving direction. The voices in this mix of elegies and soft litanies negotiate lives within the strangeness and unpredictability of each moment. In every case, language is a swift prayer, ode, and lyric. Chicago is an intensely experienced, blue-collar homeplace where injustice is a given. The poems are stern, compressed, and unsentimental. But they are also empathic to human shortcomings and doubts, scored in unobtrusive consistency in both voice and language.

Puican’s focus on the city, its people and underbellied spaces, pays homage in the tradition of the great Chicago masters: Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Campbell McGrath. This contemporary Chicago son finds his own place with lyrical integrity.

About Mike Puican: MIKE PUICAN has published poems in PoetryBloomsbury ReviewCrab Orchard Review, and New England Review, among others. His work has also been featured on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. Puican was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Warren Wilson College. As a longtime board member of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago, he has been deeply involved in supporting and promoting other Chicago writers. He also leads poetry workshops at St. Leonard’s House for formerly incarcerated men and at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

About Rosellen Brown: ROSELLEN BROWN is the author of the novels Lake on Fire, Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama's neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Central Air: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810142077
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Published: Triquarterly - August 15th, 2020

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Tory McCagg: "At Crossroads with Chickens"

About Tory McCagg:  Tory McCagg earned a M.F.A. from Emerson College’s writing program in 1989, where her thesis and novel, Shards, won the Graduate Dean’s Award. Among other accolades, in 1999, “Roots”, an early chapter from her novel Bittersweet Manor  was a semifinalist in the New Millennium awards VIII contest; Bittersweet Manor  won a Silver medal for Contemporary Fiction from Independent Publishers in 2015. Tory is an accomplished flutist, and lives with her husband, one cat and myriad chickens at Darwin’s View where they all practice an experimental life off-grid and on the land.

About At Crossroads With Chickens: In 2012, McCagg and her husband, Carl built an off-grid, solar-powered house in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. It was to be a weekend getaway for the writer (“what’s this pitchfork for?”) and trombonist (a wannabe farmer). In December, with two cats and six newly adopted chicks, they drove up to Jaffrey from their home in Providence, Rhode Island, ostensibly just for the winter so their new pipes wouldn’t freeze. . . . But their hen “Rhoda Red” turned out to be “Big Red.” Roosters are outlawed by Providence city regulations, so Big Red couldn’t go back. Thus, writes McCagg, “neither did we. Survival of the fittest. Natural selection. Soul evolution. We named our 193-acre home “Darwin’s View” for a reason.” Chicken kerfuffles lighten the mood, but this story is born of heartbreak, of yearning for the great beauty of the world as it used to be. As she moves from full-time weekender to organic gardener, McCagg interlaces her tale with her mother’s battle with Parkinson’s, braiding both Mother and Mother Nature. Add the sun, the wind, and a cock-a-doodle-do, and you have the recipe for a perfect storm of personal growth rippling out to effect a larger transformation.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
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ISBN: 9780872333178
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Published: Bauhan Pub - June 24th, 2020

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