AUGUST 26th: Weird & Wonderful Book Club

This event will take place Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30pm

SEPTEMBER 3rd: Covers to Credits Book Club

This event will take place Thurs., Sept. 3rd at 7pm

SEPTEMBER 8th: Poetry Night!

This event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 6:30pm

 

Three Years and Counting

A million thanks to every one of you who has passed through our doors!  This week marks our third anniversary, and we couldn't be more thrilled.  We're so lucky to be in such a busy, supportive, exciting neighborhood with wonderful customers and lovely businesses. People like discussing how risky it is to be a bookstore in the digital age, but we've never felt anything except support.  Our customers have reaffirmed our belief that there's a need for bookstores and there's still a love for the physical book.  We're so privileged to wake up every day in order to recommend new titles and share our favorite books with amazing people.  

This is also a great opportunity to remind you of our Odyssey Program.  Basically, it's our way of thanking you for a being loyal customers.  When you spend money at our store, we reward you!  We wouldn't be here without you, and it's our pleasure to make you feel special.  Next time you're at City Lit, tell us your name at the counter and we'll make sure you're signed up.

Literary One-Hit Wonders

The publication of Go Set a Watchman will officially remove Harper Lee's One Hit Wonder status.  Who else is a well-known one hit wonder?  A surprising number of authors, actually!  Here are some favorites from writers who only published one novel.

$15.95
ISBN: 9780679781585
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - January 18th, 1999

By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2011

By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Editor), Lucasta Miller (Preface by)
$7.00
ISBN: 9780141439556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

By Anna Sewell, Charlotte Hough (Illustrator), Meg Rosoff (Introduction by)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780141321035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

By Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath (Illustrator), Frances McCullough (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060837020
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

Happy, Happy Pride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so full of love over here at City Lit Books! Check out these books from our Pride table to keep you in the pride spirit, today and all days.

 

$14.95
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - June 2007

$23.00
ISBN: 9781555977078
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

By Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams (Introduction by)
$7.95
ISBN: 9780872860179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - January 2001

$27.00
ISBN: 9780544381001
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 7th, 2015

$15.99
ISBN: 9781582460611
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Published: Tricycle Press - March 2003

$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage Books - September 12th, 2013

$15.00
ISBN: 9780804170390
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Published: Vintage Books - June 3rd, 2014

By Dan Savage (Editor), Terry Miller (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452297616
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Published: Plume Books - January 25th, 2012

$25.00
ISBN: 9780385345606
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 28th, 2015

Have a City Lit Summer!

Whether your summer goal is to build a treehouse, travel to Europe, or find "the next Gone Girl," City Lit has you covered...

$24.95
ISBN: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 5th, 2015

Another mystery where a couple fights and the wife disappears. The story is told from both characters' perspectives. This is a frequently successful recommendation for fans of "Gone Girl.


$9.95
ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Special Order
Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 2012

Summer is the perfect time to pick up the bicycling habit.  While we have books like "Where to Bike Chicago" in store, Elly Blue's book provides practical advice for those just starting to bike.  "Everyday Bicycling" will teach you how to shop for a bike, and then how to ride it safely in the city.  Once you've mastered everyday biking, you can move on to our biking-for-fun titles.


$7.99
ISBN: 9780375872716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - April 24th, 2012

The Emerald Atlas is the start of an adventure trilogy for middle grade readers. If your kids loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the Emerald Atlas will be right up their alley. Perfect for "I'm bored" days, or for long car rides.


$29.95
ISBN: 9781742709369
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - April 7th, 2015

A big and beautiful book to keep by your grill. This visually stunning title will be your bible all summer as your cook vegetables and burgers in your backyard.


$15.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
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Published: Perigee Books - January 6th, 2015

Matt Kepnes was just at City Lit, and presented his travel tips to a huge crowd. If you plan to visit Europe, Asia, or even Michigan, pick up this book so you can have amazing adventures on a budget.

 


"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."

Who says you have to buy chocolate for your Valentine?  We think books are as romantic as diamonds!  Grab a copy of Pride & Prejudice for your crush and watch them swoon.  The Time Traveler's Wife says "I love you" better than champagne.  And we would certainly fall head over heels for the person who picked up Pablo Neruda's Love Poems.  If you're looking for a romantic read beyond Fifty Shades of Gray, stop by for some excellent suggestions.  We love classics, cookbooks, and contemporary love stories!

$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931894
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

"It demonstrates Levithan's talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love." --New York Times Book Review


$14.95
ISBN: 9781616204518
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - December 2nd, 2014

"This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory." --Eowyn Ivey, author of "The Snow Child"


$15.00
ISBN: 9780345549341
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Del Rey Books - February 4th, 2014

"An engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study . . . [Karen] Lord is on a par with Ursula K. Le Guin."--The Guardian


$6.99
ISBN: 9780316182959
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Published: LB Kids - January 2nd, 2012

There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug!
And so Jules the kitten (also known in the Mutts cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") goes down the stairs to hug his friends, then all the birds in the park--and then he travels the world, hugging all those he meets! As Jules learns, a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give.


$24.95
ISBN: 9781581572841
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Published: Countryman Press - February 9th, 2015

Newly married couples and empty-nesters will be particularly enthralled with this miniature dessert guide. To everyone who lives alone: now you can have your own personal-sized cake and eat it, too!


New Year, New Books!

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week

you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

--Mark Twain 

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  We have one that we make every year: to read more books!  But collectively, we have several others.  Some of our staff wants to learn to like Sci-Fi.  Some of our staff wants to learn to read books that aren't Sci-Fi.  Some of us want to eat more vegetables, and some of us want to perfect our cookie baking.  If you want to start meditation, we have books for you.  If you want to learn British history, we have books for you.  If you want to sell your crafts on Etsy, we have books for you.  No matter what your goals are for 2015, we'd be happy to help you acheive them.  

$14.00
ISBN: 9780307986955
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Published: Harmony - January 14th, 2014

$15.00
ISBN: 9781577314806
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Published: New World Library - August 19th, 2004

$35.00
ISBN: 9780470936306
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 7th, 2014

$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

$19.95
ISBN: 9781118378380
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Published: Wiley - October 12th, 2012

A Book Under Every Tree

"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore.  "Another

Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair.  People

will insist on giving me books."

--Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

We confess: we buy books for Dumbledore, too.  If you're like us and prefer giving books, why not stop by City Lit?  We have loads of titles in store; we can special order most books for you (and have them in 2 or 3 days!); and we can recommend great reads for the most stubborn people on your shopping list.  Every bookseller here has personal favorites, and we have a gift guide containing all our favorite 2014 releases.  We've also enjoyed browsing this year's New York Times' 100 Notable Books.  Most of their favorites are in stock at City Lit, and we can share our own opinions about them, too!  Check out some of their favorites below (then stop by to see them in person):

$15.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

$26.00
ISBN: 9780374118587
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 8th, 2014

$15.00
ISBN: 9780307740861
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

Small Business Saturday, Small Business Shopping

After your Thanksgiving food coma comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Don't forget the "holiday" inbetween: Small Business Saturday!  We've prepared our 2014 Gift Guide, and we're ready to steer you towards some awesome purchases.  We have books for everyone on your list.  Seriously.  Even that person who swears they don't read.  We also have staff picks all over the store, so you won't want for suggestions.  To give you a head start, here are some of our favorite titles from 2014.

$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

$28.00
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

$25.00
ISBN: 9780804139090
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Published: Hogarth - April 29th, 2014

$19.99
ISBN: 9781606997680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fantagraphics Books - September 22nd, 2014

$35.00
ISBN: 9780374261177
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 18th, 2014

Love us? Vote for us!

 

We just got nominated for Time Out Chicago's "Love Chicago Awards," and we couldn't be more thrilled!  If you love City Lit, we'd love to have you vote for us!  It's very quick and clickable.  Promise.  If you visit the voting site, make sure to select "Northwest Side" as your neighborhood, and you'll find us listed under "Shops."  We wouldn't have received a nomination without your support, so we already feel like big winners!

Voting is open until November 11th.  Winners will be announced the week of December 4th.  Thanks for your love! 

 

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