Bec

Three things I like: breakfast food, mountains, and the sound of automatic doors opening

Currently Reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

This is a tale about an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined by a child. It's an adorable story about finding your place in the world & making friendships that fit you you are.

--Bec 


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ISBN-13: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books, 8/2004

This story is about the "green and crazy summer" during which 12 year old Frankie "belonged to no club" and "hung around in doorways." I usually love stories with child protagonists and McCullers depicts the end of childhood so well.

Also, the descriptions of summer are so vivid that I always feel like it's summer, no matter what the weather's like.

--Bec 


Batwoman: Elegy (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781401231460
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Published: DC Comics, 6/2011

I love staring at the art in this series. I think I actually got tangled up once in Batwoman's hair just by reading this. The storyline and characters are well developed, and this is a great book to introduce the series. 

--Bec 


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ISBN-13: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books, 4/2013

This memoir is in the form of a graphic novel and is beautifully illustrated in shades of red and grey. Bechdel uses classic literature, psychological studies, and her own keen insight to explore and better understand her relationship with her mother, and, in the process, better understand herself.

--Bec

P.S. Bechdel's Fun Home is also amazing!


Claire

 

Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.

Currently reading: Empire of the Summer Moon, by S C Gwynne.  

Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400077809
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Published: Vintage, 11/2004

Lightman explores differenent ideas of "time" in the most lovely book. Reading this book feels like a dream upon waking-- hard to remember and packed with strange and beautiful things.

--Claire 


$21.50
ISBN-13: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013

Andrew Solomon investigates horizontal identities. This book is for anone not a carbon-copy of their parents (so, everyone). Nonfiction that reads like literature-- often heartbreaking, always illuminating!

--Claire 


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ISBN-13: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2007

I read this book maybe annually and then am unable to eat anything (animal or vegetable) guilt-free for the next 6 months--until I forget it all, and eat everything in happy forgetful ignorance.  But really, read this book.  It makes me wish i had a garden.

-Claire- 


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
Currently reading: Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
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ISBN-13: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 12/2010

This AMAZING series is what made me fall in love with books! It's the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to follow her dreams and become a knight. These books are packed with action, adventure, the drive to overcome adversity, and just the right amount of MAGIC!!

--Danielle 


Steelheart (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013

A world full of superpowers, but no heroes... Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is ruled by the most notorious and powerful Epic (as the superpowered are known), Steelheart. One ordinary boy, David, has a plan to take down Steelheart and stop the Epics' reign over humanity. This is an action-packed ride that grabs you from the start, keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.

--Danielle 


Rush (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062192134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 6/2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed.

 -Danielle- 


Heather

  

Three things I like: red meat, Nintendo, my bed .

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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ISBN-13: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage, 5/1992

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- 


Jon

 
Three things I like:  all things spicy, all things tiny, crossword puzzles over coffee.
 
 

Airships (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780802133885
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Published: Grove Press, 3/1994

The south has rarely been portrayed with such tenderness, violence and humor as in the works of Barry Hannah.  "Airships", Hannah's first collection of stories, stands out as some of his funniest.  From the Civil War to the Vietnam War; from teenagers fighting in a cemetery to old men making up stories by the lake--Hannah captures a brief history of the South in all its grit and glory.

-Jon- 


Karrie

 

Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggers 

Q: A Novel (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2011

I chose this book because I was in the mood for a love story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. This novel is an intelligently written and engrossing take on time travel and the dilemna of choice-making. Mandery explores the possibility of controlling the outcome of your life while still maintaining purpose. Worth a read!

--Karrie 


$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth, 5/2013

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- 


Peter

Three things I like: magic, whimsy, and sports. 

Currently reading: Evolution Man: Or, How I Ate My Father by Roy Lewis

Raising Steam (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385538268
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Published: Doubleday, 3/2014

You would think that a series would risk going stale after 39 titles (particularly when the author has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's), but you'd be wrong. The 40th entry in Pratchett's Discworld is as good as it gets. 

See me with any Discworld queries.

--Pete 


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ISBN-13: 9781455521586
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 9/2013
Not just a fascinating account of Moyer's extraordiary career, but also a glimpse into pitching itself; and what it takes to win in the Big Leagues with a 49 year old fastball.

Ready Player One (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books, 4/2012

Hey, remember the 80s? 

In the early 2040s, the more you know your 1980s pop culture, the better your chances are of becoming a billionaire. James Halliday, product of the garish decade, earned a vast fortune by revolutionizing the web into the OASIS-- a virtual reality universe. Now, Halliday has died and left behind no family and no heir-- just a winner-take-all scavenger hunt inside his OASIS which transforms a generation into obscure 80s pop culture reference scholars.

Fun even for non-80s Geeks.

--Peter 


Riley

Three things I like:  eggs, hiphop, and frisbee.
 
 
 
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ISBN-13: 9780143123262
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Published: Penguin Books, 3/2014

Bolaño, Poe, and Kafka chained naked to a wall in a hole. There is no light. They are being tortured. Instead of confessions, their tormentors demand stories. The tales they scream from the darkness resemble those in The Corpse Exhibition.

Hassan Blasim's stories sound the depths of human misery and evil (much deeper than you thought), probe the transient line between Magic and Madness, and ask "can Literature really save anything?" I read these stories with dread and wonder. I want to say they're ultimately hopeful.

There is no hope, but I think, maybe, there is Art.

--Riley 


Warlock (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590171615
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Published: NYRB Classics, 11/2005

Well now, this Oakley Hall feller's gone n writ himself a dang good book! I tell ya, Warlock sucked me in like a deep patch of mud sucks up yer boot. It's got heroes n guns n workin men n frontiers men all workin out-- well, tryin ta work out-- them big questions long troublin this here country of ours.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781555976514
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Published: Graywolf Press, 9/2013

Sooo you've read Tenth of December, and now you need something to fill that void.

Ok. I present to you Kevin Barry, in my opinion, one of the most exciting new writers working in the English langauge. In Dark Lies the Island, Barry, like Saunders, probes the mundanity of everyday life-- peeling away the facades we so carefully build to feign normalcy and revealing uncomfortable, often painful, realities of "normal life," or, sometimes, glimmers of hope where there seemed only darkness. He is a writer to watch.

 


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ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012

Eli and Charlie Sisters kill people. They are very good. But Eli is having something of a mid-life crisis; just because you're good at something, does that mean you're meant to do it? 

Patrick deWitt's novel has everything you could ask of a Western-- wit, violence, treasure. The only trouble is, it moves so fast, it's easy to overlook the fact deWitt is doing some pretty big things, too.

 


The Black Book (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400078653
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Published: Vintage, 7/2006

 

Anyone who cares about, or thinks about, Art or Literature will find in Black Book a profound and lyrical love letter. But it's also about love and coping and lines--the lines between individuals (is there such a thing?), between Truth and story, between writer, reader, narrator, character--or the dissolving of lines. When you finish, you will feel as though you've undergone some strange mitosis and meiosis, dividing and reassembling with some unexpected pieces.

 


Sky

Three things I like: Derrick Rose's crossover, heist-related film and literature, and the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack.

Currently Reading: Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto Burning Down the House by Charles BaxterThe King in Yellow by Robert Chambers, Correction by Thomas Bernhard

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307279415
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Published: Vintage, 5/2013

The single most useful book on writing I've ever read and I've read an embarrassing number of them.

--Sky 


Dr. Bloodmoney (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780547572529
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Published: Mariner Books, 10/2012

Mariner Books has done its civic duty by reissuing PKD's entire archive in beautiful editions and giving second life to a few of his more obscure titles. Imagined as an unofficial sequel to Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Bloodmoney's post-bomb America is a toxic country populated by a human race deeply effected both emotionally and genetically by fallout. Centered around the man responsible for the planet-wide catastrophe, Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the novel terrified me in a way all great sci-fi should: because the world feels all too real. Also, Roberto Bolaño called it a "masterpiece," so that's something.

--Sky 


The Luminaries (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780316074315
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
Just fun, excellent storytelling. The scope and structure of the plot is amazingly executed. At 28 years old, Catton understands things about fiction that most contemporary writers can only gesture towards. Back when I read her debut novel, I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good. She makes all other working writers look lazy as hell.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307947512
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Published: Vintage, 6/2013

I have complicated feelings about Dave Eggers. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was important to me in my early 20s, and was a gateway to larger literary drugs, but he's become a symbol of an overexposed literary movement. BUT, with A Hologram for the King, he has matured into a damn fine storyteller. The language reflects his influences (think a flowery Hemingway and a hopeful Beckett), the structure is gently complex, and even though nothing really happens (which is kinda the point) the plot clicks along at a strangely quick pace. Dave Eggers is a relevant fiction writer again and accomplishes what Franzen only promises.

 --Sky 


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780393320039
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/1999

So, you wanna be a novelist, huh? Well, this is pretty much required reading for you then. If you're looking for all the magic answers they will not be found in this book. Gardner offers wisdom, honesty, and spiritual instruction to the young writer full of self-doubt. Garnder doesn't sugar coat the writing life and tells you all the things you needed to hear but were too afraid to admit to yourself. The truth you learn from Gardner will discourage you at first but like all great truths, it will lift you up.

-Sky- 


Suzy T

Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
 
 
 
 

The Watch (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth, 3/2013

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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    10/01/2014 7:00 pm
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    The Book Cellar Book Club meets at 7 p.m. to discuss The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro.
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    Published: Harper Torch, 2/2014

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  • Chuck Schaden and Steve Darnall Present "Nostalgia Digest"

    10/02/2014 7:00 pm
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    Nostalgia Digest Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary of chronicling the "Golden Age" of entertainment. Join Digest founder and Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden and Digest publisher Steve Darnall as they look back on the magazine's first four decades and the future of looking back.

     

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  • Illinois Woman's Press Association, "The Anthology"

    10/04/2014 7:00 pm
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    The Book Cellar is proud to host the Illinois Woman's Press Association as they celebrate the launch of The Anthology.
     
     In 1914 the Illinois Woman's Press Association published an anthology. They called it The Memory Book. It was an insightful collection of stories, poems, commentary and illustrations created by its members. To celebrate this historical milestone and showcase the talented writers who are the Illinois Woman's Press Association today, 21 members of IWPA collaborated to produce a 2014 Anniversary edition, The Anthology. It was published this spring by Dreamers Tapestry, Inc.

     The Illinois Woman's Press Association, IWPA (founded in Chicago in 1885) is an organization of communications professionals whose objective is to maintain and improve the professional standards of members in mass communications in Illinois, to promote their interest, and to provide for the sharing of ideas and information. Having celebrated its 125 year anniversary in 2010, IWPA continues to hold a firm place in the history of women communicators in Illinois. Today, IWPA embraces members of all gender and generations. IWPA is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and found on Wikipedia.
     
     
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  • Desi Lit Book Group

    10/06/2014 7:30 pm
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    The Desi Lit Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Salaam, Love by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu.
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  • Cristina Henriquez, Roxane Gay, and Julia Fierro

    10/07/2014 7:00 pm
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    Three of the sharpest voices in contemporary literature--Cristina Henriquez, Roxane Gay, and Julia Fierro--visit the Book Cellar to share their newest works: The Book of Unknown Americans, Bad Feminist, and Cutting Teeth, respectively.

    Cristina Henriquez is the author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, and the novel The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Tri-Quarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. She lives in Illinois.

    Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State and the story collection Ayiti. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, Best American Short Stories, and The New York Times Book Review

    Julia Fierro is the founder of The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, which has been a creative home to over 2000 writers since 2002. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Millions, Flavorwire, and other publications, and she has been profiled in L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.

     

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    Bad Feminist (Paperback)

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    Cutting Teeth (Hardcover)

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    Published: St. Martin's Press, 5/2014

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  • James Finn Garner, "The Wet Nose of Danger"

    10/08/2014 7:00 pm
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    NYT best-seller James Finn Garner celebrates the publication of the third book in his award-winning circus noir series Rex Koko, Private Clown.

    A wild farce involving stolen pedigreed dogs, counterfeiting, freak shows, cross-dressing gangsters and (why not?) Nazis, The Wet Nose of Danger hilariously depicts life among the has-beens in the circus skid row of Top Town, narrated by that unstoppable bigshoe, Rex Koko. Join us early across the street for a quick circus performance, followed by a short parade into the store and other acts and hijinks during the reading.

     Garner is also the author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which will be available in its 20th anniversary edition.

     

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