Bec

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

Currently Reading: The Master and Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov

$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 


$7.95
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)

$17.99
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 


$15.95
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: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish.

Einstein's Dreams (Paperback)

$14.95
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 


$17.00
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
$9.99
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)

$18.99
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)

$17.99
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

 

$15.95
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)

$14.00
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)

$13.99
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- 


Riley

Three things I like:  eggs, hiphop, and frisbee.
 
 
 
$15.00
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)

$16.95
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.

 


$24.00
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.

 


$14.99
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)

$15.95
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)

$27.00
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
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)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307955913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
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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  • Eugenia Bone, "The Kitchen Ecosystem"

    03/07/2015 6:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Food writer Eugenia Bone comes to the Book Cellar to talk about her new cookbook The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals!

    Rarely does a book change the way we think about food and cooking, but in The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals Eugenia Bone sets out to do just that with a new way of looking at the food you buy, prepare, and discard, and understanding why it tastes the way it does. In this book you will find 400 interconnected recipes that create a perpetual pantry: each dish draws on elements from a previous one and provides the building blocks for another. For example, with this week’s apple bounty, make Baked Apples with Bread Pudding. And while you’re coring apples and have your pots out, put up some applesauce to have with potato pancakes in a few months. And—here’s the rub—save the apple juice from cooking all those apples to have apple granita next week. This synchronicity is a Kitchen Ecosystem. The more homemade components you use in your cooking—the better tasting your food will be, regardless of the recipe. This is the secret to delicious food.

    The Kitchen Ecosystem is a new approach to shopping and cooking. Eugenia Bone’s 400 recipes derived from 40 common ingredients—from apples and asparagus to fish and zucchini—maximize each stage of their life cycle: fresh, preserved, leftovers, and the parts we usually throw away.

    Just about everything, it turns out, can be transformed into a preserve, stock, marinade, syrup, zest, jam, jelly, pickle, or condiment that can be used in or with other recipes. The yield? Food that is more delicious and prepared with less effort—and a pantry and refrigerator that are always stocked with fresh flavor boosters.

     

    Eugenia Bone is a long time food writer, author of four books (the fifth comes out in September), an Italian cook, mushroom hunter , master canner, and all-around bloated pleasure seeker. Eugenia is the author of the critically acclaimed Mycophilia and the category staple and James Beard–nominated Well-Preserved. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, New York, and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other publications. She is married to architect Kevin Bone with whom she has two grown children, and live and write and cook in a loft in SoHo that Kevin moved into in 1978, when it had nothing but six urinals. She grew up in a food environment as her dad, Ed Giobbi, is an accomplished Italian cook and cookbook author. He and her mom hung out with a gang of chefs who were influential in their day, and Eugenia learned a lot from observing them. "Indeed, those chefs shaped my attitude about food: to use everything, to taste constantly, and to be grateful for every mouthful."- Eugenia Bone 

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  • Afterwords Book Group

    03/09/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago
    Join Afterwards Book Group as they discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
    $14.95
    ISBN-13: 9781616204518
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    Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 12/2014

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  • Emily Gray Tedrowe, "Blue Stars"

    03/12/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Chicago author Emily Gray Tedrowe comes to The Book Cellar to talk about her new novel  Blue Stars!

     

    BLUE STARS brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.

    When Michael and Eddie are injured, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier. They form an alliance and an unlikely friendship, while helping each other survive the dislocated world of the army hospital. Whether that means fighting for proper care for their men, sharing a six-pack, or coping with irrevocable loss, Ellen and Lacey pool their strengths to make it through. In the end, both women are changed, not only by the war and its fallout, but by each other.

    An exploration of the bonds of family and the limits of fidelity, BLUE STARS tells the story of life on the home front in the twenty-first century. 

     

    “As vivid as a news flash, Tedrowe’s riveting new novel explores the shatteringly personal cost of politics...Blue Stars is as dazzling as it is important.”

    --Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You

     

    “A strikingly nuanced portrait of military family life...If you’ve ever wondered what happens when wounded service members return, read this book.”

    --Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone 

     

    Emily Gray Tedrowe is a Chicago-based writer whose second novel, Blue Stars, will be available from St. Martin’s Press in February 2015. Her first novel Commuters was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, an IndieNext Notable pick, and a Target Breakout Book. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, she has also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. 

    Blue Stars (Hardcover)

    $25.99
    ISBN-13: 9781250052483
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    Published: St. Martin's Press, 2/2015

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  • The Kates!!!

    03/13/2015 7:00 pm
    America/Chicago

    Join us for a night of comedy with our favorite comedians, The Kates! Arrive early for seats and drinks.

     

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  • Story Week 2015!! (March 15-20)

    03/15/2015
    America/Chicago

    The Book Cellar will be providing books for all of Story Week (March 15th-20th), hosted by Columbia College Chicago! This year's authors include Chris Abani, Marlon Jones, and Bernice McFadden; plus Chicago authors Megan Stielstra, Samantha Irby, Garnett Cohen, Jessie Ann Foley and More!

    Story week is free and open to all. Learn more about all the festivities here

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  • Story Week 2015!! (March 15-20)

    03/16/2015
    America/Chicago

    The Book Cellar will be providing books for all of Story Week (March 15th-20th), hosted by Columbia College Chicago! This year's authors include Chris Abani, Marlon Jones, and Bernice McFadden; plus Chicago authors Megan Stielstra, Samantha Irby, Garnett Cohen, Jessie Ann Foley and More!

    Story week is free and open to all. Learn more about all the festivities here

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