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Three Things I Like: swords, tea, and cheese.

Currently Reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018


Three Things I Like:  Pitbulls, Star Trek and backpacking

Currently Reading: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

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ISBN: 9780812988635
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Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018


Three Things I Like: Hot tea (by the fire), superhero movies and playing tennis.  

Currently Reading: The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

Currently Listening To:  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

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ISBN: 9781250146113
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 6th, 2018

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Published: Algonquin Books - October 31st, 2017



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

Currently Reading: The Inner Life of Animals

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ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017


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

Currently Reading: Feel Free by Zadie Smith

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ISBN: 9781594206252
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Published: Penguin Press - February 6th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - 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...

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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ISBN: 9781101923924
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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.


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

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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. 

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ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - 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."


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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

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ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking - June 24th, 2003

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ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Penguin Books - April 25th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2006

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016


Three Things I Like: writing bad literature, reading good literature, and playing guitar when I can't tell the difference

Currently Reading: Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

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ISBN: 9780316154888
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

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By The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812983302
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Published: Modern Library - July 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780872866584
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Published: City Lights Books - July 14th, 2015

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Published: Viking - May 10th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780763668181
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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Published: Doubleday Books - October 6th, 2015

A dystopian fantasy that completely deconstructs the history of the world in an incredibly intricate way while maintaining a striking cultural critique on our ideas of masculinity, money, blood, and love. With an almost Danielewski approach towards using the novel as an artpiece, Dodson has created an immensely stark world and has proved himself as one of the most imaginative writers that I've encountered in a very long time.

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By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2002

This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.


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

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By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005



Three things I like: cheese, tea, and The BBC 

Currently reading: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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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.


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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.

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ISBN: 9780670025350
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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.

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ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - 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.

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ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - 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.


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ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - 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.

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ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016


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ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014


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ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell - August 30th, 2005


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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014



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

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


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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: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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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
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.


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ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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

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Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
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ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth Press - 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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Storytime with Miss Jamie!!

We're excited to announce the first Friday of each month we'll have the wonderful Miss Jamie at The Book Cellar doing a musical storytime for kids of all ages!

Check out her website for more info:

Event date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 11:00am
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The Book Cellar
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Essay Fiesta!

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

Don't forget the theme song!

All donations go to 826 Chicago.

Event date: 
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Anne K. Ream, "Lived Through This"

Join us at The Book Cellar to see Anne K Ream as she discusses her book Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors.


About Lived Through This:

From its insistently resolute opening essay to its final, deeply moving story, Lived Through This is a book that defies conventional wisdom about life in the wake of sexual violence, while putting names and faces on an issue that too often leaves its victims silent and invisible.

Part personal history of Anne Ream's own experience rebuilding her life after violence, part memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to survivors, Lived Through This is at once deeply personal and resolutely political. In these pages we are introduced to, among others, the women of Atenco, Mexico, victims of rape and political torture who are speaking out about gender-based violence in Latin America; Beth Adubato, a woman who was raped by a popular athlete and then denied justice when her college failed to fully investigate the attack; and Jenny and Steve Bush, a rape survivor and her father who are working together to share Jenny's testimony of surviving rape at the hands of a veteran in order to alter the US military's response to sexual violence committed by those in its ranks.

Writing with compassion, candor, and, at times, even much-needed humor, Ream brings us a series of stories and essays that are as insistent as they are incisive. Considered individually, her profiles are profoundly moving, and even inspiring. Considered collectively, they are a window into a world where sexual violence is more commonplace than most of us imagine.

The accomplished and courageous women and men profiled in Lived Through This are, in the words of the author, "living reminders of all that remains possible in the wake of the terrible."

About Anne K Ream:

She is the Founding Co-Chair of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking. The author of “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Penguin/Random House), the critically praised memoir of her multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to the stories of victims of sexual violence and trafficking, Ream’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. 

A passionate believer in media as a tool that can create social change, Ream is the cofounder and workshop facilitator for “The Stories We Tell,” North America’s first testimonial-writing program for survivors of gender-related violence, a founding board member at Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, and a national co-chair of CounterQuo, a US-based initiative created to challenge legal and media responses to violence against women. Ream also serves on the advisory council of the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, RAINN. 

Ream is the recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of women and girls, including the Susan Estrich Courage Award, the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, Soroptimist International’s “Women Making a Difference” Award, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Council’s Visionary Voice Award, which was presented to her at a 2011 Clinton Presidential Center Ceremony. Ream has been named one of People Magazine’s “ Heroes Among Us,” and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Chicago’s Top 40,” in an a article that highlighted the leaders and opinion shapers who "make the city great" while doing work that makes an impact on a national and international level. 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Published: Beacon Press - May 19th, 2015

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**OFFSITE** Niall Ferguson @ TBA

We will be selling books for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as they welcome Niall Ferguson and his book The Square and the Tower.

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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780735222915
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Published: Penguin Press - January 16th, 2018

**OFFSITE** Yascha Mounk @ Chicago Council on Global Affairs

We will be selling books at the The Chicago Council of Global Affairs as Yascha Mounk presents her book The People vs. Democracy.

Register HERE.

The future of liberal democracy is in peril, believes Yascha Mounk. With populist movements gaining prominence across the world, faith in democratic institutions has fallen to an all-time low, while openness to illiberal forms of government is on the rise. In this climate of disillusionment, liberal democracy’s guiding principle of majority rule with minority rights is increasingly threatened, with dire implications for civil liberties. Why do growing numbers of citizens in America, and across the western world, no longer believe that democratic government can address their concerns or aspirations? Can liberal democracy be saved?

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
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Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
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ISBN: 9780674976825
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 5th, 2018

Local Author Night ft. Pam Canington, Greg Hickey, Kirk Landers, Jean Iversen & Tony Romano

It's our monthly Local Author Night featuring Pam Canington (I Went, I Saw, I Shared), Greg Hickey (The Friar's Lantern),  Kirk Landers (Alone on the Shield), Jean Iversen (Local Flavor) and Tony Romano (Where My Body Ends and the World Begins).


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About I Went, I Saw, I Shared:

"Let's go on a few trips together.  I'll take you on planes, trains, boats, and cablecars.  Out to sea; to Europe; around the United States.  I bring you my travelogues and hope you enjoy reading the adventures and getting to know my family and me."

About Pam Canington:

Pam and her husband Darren and have been married since 1989. She is a legal secretary for a large Chicago law firm; he is a retired Navy sailor.  They have two grown kids. She enjoys writing about the trips and vacations she takes with family and friends.  After twenty years worth of saved travelogues, she felt it was time to combine them.  She hopes to make them feel as though they are on each and every journey with her.


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About The Friar's Lantern:

You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder. An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife's killer-a week after her death-and you're on the jury.

About Greg Hickey:

Greg is an actor, screenwriter, and blogger. He loves sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of his life. He is a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.




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About Alone on the Shield:

I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American dream kind of life--a great career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario's raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee shop--they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had spent their lives together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the greatest challenges of all--each other, and a weather event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam War and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.

About Kirk Landers:

Kirk's professional writing career was launched in the US Army, later entering the special-interest and trade magazine worlds. The magazines won more than a hundred awards for journalistic excellence. Kirk is a member of the Construction Writers Hall of Fame, and lives in the suburbs of Chicago. 


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About Local Flavor:

Local Flavor explores iconic restaurants in eight Chicago neighborhoods, telling their little-known stories and tracing how local cuisine shaped the cultural history of the area.

About Jean Iversen:

Jean Iversen is the author of BYOB Chicago, a resource for Chicago's dining community. She has written for publications including Crain's Chicago BusinessTime Out Chicago, and the Daily Herald.




About Where My Body Ends and the World Begins

On December 1, 1958, a devastating blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago took the lives of ninety-two children, shattering a close-knit Italian neighborhood. In this eloquent novel, set nearly a decade later, twenty-year-old Anthony Lazzeri struggles with survivor’s guilt, which is manifested through conflicted feelings about his own body. Complicating his life is a retired detective’s dogged belief that Anthony was involved in the setting of the fire. Tony Romano’s delicate handling of Anthony’s journey is deeply moving, exploring the complex psychological toll such an event has on those involved, including families...and an entire community. This multi-faceted tale follows Anthony’s struggles to come to terms with how the events of that day continue to affect him and those around him. Aided by a sometime girlfriend, a former teacher, and later his parents—after long buried family secrets are brought into the open— he attempts to piece together a life for himself as an adult.

About Tony Romano:

Tony Romano was born in San Salvatore Telesino, Italy, and moved to Chicago when he was eleven months old. His collection of short stories If You Eat, You Never Die (Harper, 2008), and his novel When the World was Young (Harper, 2007), were both finalists in the Society of Midland Authors awards in the Adult Fiction category. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Sou’wester, Whetstone, and Italian Americana. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
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I Went, I Saw, I Shared Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544656083
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 12th, 2017

The Friar's Lantern Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612969466
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Published: Black Rose Writing - October 16th, 2017

Alone on the Shield Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613739914
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Published: Chicago Review Press - November 1st, 2017

Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago's Neighborhoods (Second to None: Chicago Stories) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810136717
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Published: Northwestern University Press - March 15th, 2018

Where My Body Ends and the World Begins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996755870
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Published: Allium Press - December 12th, 2017

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