JULY 4th: Closed for Independence Day!

(Closed Saturday, but open Sunday)

JULY 9th: Mandy Levy: Calorie Accounting

This event will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6:30pm 

JULY 16th: Paul Matarelli: All Roads Lead West

This event will take place Thursday, July 16th at 6:30pm

 

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
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Published: City Lights Books - January 2001

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

$15.99
ISBN: 9781582460611
Availability: Special Order
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Availability: Special Order
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 Publishing PLC - 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
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - September 22nd, 2014

$35.00
ISBN: 9780374261177
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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! 

 

Grab a hot cider, a blanket, and a scary book.

If you've been in the store lately, you'll have seen our Halloween-themed table.  We have all our favorite creepy reads out on display.  In case you didn't see it, or haven't visited City Lit in awhile, we're posting some scary books on our website.  When you want to get the shivers, grab one of these titles and prepare to be spooked!

$15.99
ISBN: 9780061147968
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 8th, 2011

This is the perfect time to introduce yourself to Joe Hill. Not only is "Horns" an awesome book--it's also coming out as a movie (which is supposed to be fantastic). If you didn't know, Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. Scary is in his blood.


$25.99
ISBN: 9780062259653
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Published: Ecco Press - May 13th, 2014

We're sort of biased, because Josh Malerman came to City Lit for a truly amazing event. But "Bird Box" should be on your Halloween reading list regardless. It's creative, well-written, and incredibly spooky.


$24.95
ISBN: 9780393240238
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 15th, 2014

If you're looking for non-fiction, check out this new book from Caitlin Doughty. “Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving. Like a poisonous cocktail, Caitlin Doughty's memoir intoxicates and enchants even as it encourages you to embrace oblivion; she breathes life into death.” (Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of Jezebel.com)


By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143122357
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2013

People who go ghost-hunting deserve what they get, right? They certainly get what's coming to them in Shirley Jackson's novel. "The Haunting of Hill House" is a classic ghost-story that still has the power to scare the daylights out of you.


By Eric James, Marina Le Ray (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492605799
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 1st, 2014

Okay, this one's not exactly scary. But it's a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your kiddos! Enjoy ghosts and witches flying across the Chicago skyline.


Banned Books!

September 21st-27th is Banned Books Week: an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  We're honoring intellectual freedom with our Banned Books Event on Friday, September 26th.  We've invited local authors Esme Codell, Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Kathleen Larkin, and Deirdre Harrison to come by City Lit and read passages from their favorite banned books.  We'll also be showcasing local high school students who will read from banned books, and some live local music.

Banned Books Week is an important event, bringing attention to issues of censorship and freedom.  However, we encourage you to read banned books all year long!  Here are a few of our favorite frequently-challenged titles: 

$11.99
ISBN: 9780765323118
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Published: Tor Books - April 13th, 2010

Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida recently cancelled their One Summer/One Book reading program because of the chosen book: Little Brother.  The story deals with teeanged hackers who fight back against police state conditions in San Francisco.  Apparently the principal was not keen on the "anti-authority" tone of the book, nor of the occasional bad language and references to sex.  Author Cory Doctorow took this as an invitation, of course, and has responded by sending 200 copies of the book to students. 

 


$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2005

And Tango Makes Three consistently tops the list of most-challenged books.  It tells the story of two penguins at a zoo who adopt a little penguin as their own.  Concerns arise because the two adult penguins are both male.  This summer, due to concern about homosexual themes in the book, every library in Singapore was ordered to destroy all copies of Tango.


$13.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 1st, 2004

CPS made international headlines in 2013 when they removed Persepolis from their curriculum.  Some stories say the administration ordered all copies to be removed from CPS libraries.  Other stories say the book was only removed from middle school libraries.  Regardless, the book is no longer taught to CPS students.  Any teacher who wishes to use the book in the classroom must go through mandatory training in case students find the book too challenging or "inappropriate."


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