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The Book Cellar Book Club

Who We Are
The Book Cellar is an independently owned, community-oriented bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Square, Chicago. We offer a wide selection of titles, and we're committed to connecting readers with books they'll love. We welcome you to browse the shelves, check out our staff recommendations, attend one of our many book events, or stop by our cafe for wine, beer, sandwiches, and pastries. We are proud to continue the tradition of independent bookselling and look forward to your visit.
What We Read
Each month any member who so desires brings a book to introduce to the group. The members present that evening vote for the upcoming reading selection; for example, in June club members will vote for August's selection. 
When We Meet
The first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.
How to Join
Simply show up the day we meet; no RSVP or registration is required!
Please email to find out the location of a particular month's meeting. We usually meet in the store to discuss. 




The Book Cellar staff, or
Wednesday, January 3 @ 7 PM: The City & The City by China Melville
Wednesday, February 7 @ 7 PM: This Other Eden by Paul Harding
Wednesday, March 6 @ 7 PM: Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
Wednesday, April 3 @ 7 PM: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Wednesday, May 1 @ 7 PM: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Past Meetings:

Wednesday, January 4 @ 7 PM: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
Wednesday, February 1 @ 7 PM: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Wednesday, March 1 @ 7 PM: How The Word Is Passed by Clint Smith
Wednesday, April 5 @ 7 PM: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Wednesday, May 3 @ 7 PM: If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga
Wednesday, June 7 @ 7 PM: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Wednesday, July 5 @ 7 PM: Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Wednesday, August 2 @ 7 PM: This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Wednesday, September 6 @ 7 PM: Portrait of a Thief by Grace Li
Wednesday, October 4 @ 7 PM: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Wednesday, November 1 @ 7PM: Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Wednesday, January 5 @ 7 PM: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia
Wednesday, February 2nd @ 7 PM: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Wednesday, March 2nd @ 7 PM: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Wednesday, April 6th @ 7 PM: The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
Wednesday, May 4th @ 7 PM: Kindred by Octavia Butler
Wednesday, June 1st @7 PM: Little Fish by Casey Plett
Wednesday, July 13th @ 7 PM: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Wednesday, August 3rd @ 7 PM: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua 
Wednesday, September 7th @ 7 pm: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Wednesday, October 5th @ 7 PM: The Sign of Four by Conan Doyle
Wednesday, November 2nd @ 7 PM: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Wednesday, January 6 @ 7 PM: Fraction of the Whole by Steve Tolz
Wednesday, February 3 @ 7 PM: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
Wednesday, March 3 @ 7 PM: Picnic in the Ruins by Todd Robert Petersen
Wednesday, April 7 @ 7 PM: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
Wednesday, May 5 @ 7 PM: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
Wednesday, June 2 @ 7 PM: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Wednesday, July 7 @ 7 PM: House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Wednesday, August 4 @ 7 PM: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Wednesday, September 1 @ 7 PM: Members Only by Sameer Pandya
Wednesday, October 6 @ 7 PM: The Mountains Sing by Mai Phan Que Nguyen
Wednesday, November 3 @ 7 PM: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Wednesday, November 4 @ 7 PM: I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Wednesday, October 7 @ 7 PM: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Wednesday, September 2 @ 7 PM: She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore 
Wednesday, August 5 @ 7 PM: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Wednesday, July 1 @ 7PM: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Wednesday, March 4 at 7 PM: Oval by Elvia Wilk
Wednesday, February 5 at 7PM: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Thursday, January 2 at 7PM: The Overstory by Richard Powers
Wednesday, December 4 at 7PM: Rep Night!
Wednesday, November 6 at 7PM: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Wednesday, October 2 at 7PM: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Wednesday, September 4 at 7PM: There There by Tommy Orange
Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Wednesday, June 5 at 7PM: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Wednesday, May 1 at 7PM: Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
Wednesday, April 3 at 7PM: The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett
Wednesday, March 6th at 7PM: The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
Wednesday, February 6th at 7PM: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Wednesday, January 2nd at 7PM: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Wednesday, December 5th at 7PM: Rep Night! Come hear book suggestions from our publisher representatives.
Wednesday, November 7th at 7PM: Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Wednesday, October 3rd at 7PM: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Wednesday, September 5th at 7PM: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Wednesday, August 1st at 7PM: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Wednesday, June 6th at 7 PM: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Wednesday, May 2nd at 7 PM: Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais
Wednesday, April 4th at 7 PM: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm: The Girls in the Picture WITH AUTHOR MELANIE BENJAMIN!
Wednesday, January 3rd at 7 PM: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
Wednesday, November 1st at 7pm: Incarnations by Susan Barker
Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Wednesday, September 6th at 7pm: Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
Wednesday, August 2nd at 7pm: The Nix by Nathan Hill
Wednesday, July 5th at 7pm (OFFSITE): Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Wednesday, March 1st at 7pmThe Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
Wednesday, February 1st at 7pmMark and the Void by Paul Murray
Wednesday, January 4th at 7pmThe Girl With All the Gifts by M R Carey
Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm: The Sellout by Paul Beatty 
Wednesday, September 7th at 7pm: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal
Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Wednesday, June 1st at 7pm: A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm: Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm: Just Kids by Patti Smith
Wednesday, February 3rd at 7pm: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm: The Fishing Fleet by Anne de Courcy
Wednesday, November 4th at 7pm: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm: The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato
Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Wednesday, July 1st at 7pm: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 
Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell 
Wednesday, January 7 at 7pm: Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 
Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 
Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro 
Wednesday, September 3 at 7pm: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta 
Wednesday, August 6th at 7pm: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole  
Wednseday, June 4 at 7pm: White Teeth by Zadie Smith 
Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin 
Wednesday, April 2 at 7pm: The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm: Tenth of December by George Saunders
Wednesday, January 8 at 7pm: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm:  Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 
Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Wednesday, September 4 at 7 pm: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 
WednesdayAugust 7 at 7pm: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 
Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm: Coming Out Can Be Murder by Renee James (book complimentary for pick up at The Book Cellar! The author will be in attendance!) 
Wednesday, May 1 at 7pm: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm: Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm: Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers by Josh Kilmer-Purcell 
Wednesday, January 2 at 7pm: Secret History by Donna Tartt 
Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm: Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
Wednesday, January 4 at 7pm: Paris Without End by Gioia Diliberto
Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm: The Brothers K by David James Duncan
Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm: The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm: Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
Wednesday, June 6th at 7pm:  When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Wednesday, August 2nd at 7pm: Mr. White's Confession by Robert Clark
Wednesday, Sept 5th at 7pm: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Thursday, November 1st at 7pm: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen
Wednesday, December 5th at 7pm: The Widow's War by Sally Gunning 

Paperback Fiction

House of Odysseus
By: North, Claire
Enchanting Case of Spirits
By: Holtz, Melissa
You Know Her
By: Jennett, Meagan
In the Lives of Puppets
By: Klune, Tj
By: Huston, Charlie
Perfumist of Paris
By: Joshi, Alka
Farewell Tour
By: Clifford, Stephanie
House Is on Fire
By: Beanland, Rachel
Secret Book of Flora Lea
By: Callahan Henry, Patti

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians
By: Eversmann, Matt
Mango Tree
By: Tometich, Annabelle
By: Lamott, Anne
Theres Always This Year
By: Abdurraqib, Hanif
Moth Presents A Point of Beauty
Wide Wide Sea
By: Sides, Hampton
Survivors of the Clotilda
By: Durkin, Hannah
We Loved It All
By: Millet, Lydia
Age of Revolutions
By: Zakaria, Fareed

Hardcover Fiction

Cemetery of Untold Stories
Author: Alvarez, Julia
Hemlock Queen
Author: Whitten, Hannah
Reappearance of Rachel Price
Author: Jackson, Holly
I Cheerfully Refuse
Author: Enger, Leif
Author: Bardugo, Leigh
Fellowship of Puzzlemakers
Author: Burr, Samuel
Author: Freudenberger, Nell
Author: Everett, Percival
Author: Beams, Clare