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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.

 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - June 2007

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

Howl: And Other Poems Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780872860179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - January 2001

It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544381001
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 7th, 2015

King and King Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781582460611
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tricycle Press - March 2003

Giovanni's Room Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - September 12th, 2013

The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804170390
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - June 3rd, 2014

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living Cover Image
By Dan Savage (Editor), Terry Miller (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452297616
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume Books - January 25th, 2012

Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385345606
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 28th, 2015

Have a City Lit Summer!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,

just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was

beginning over again with the summer.” 

--F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

Whether your summer goal is to build a treehouse, travel to Europe, or find "the next Gone Girl," City Lit has you covered.  We'll point you towards the cookbooks, where you'll find a great selection of recipes for grilling, mixing cocktails, and making ice cream.  We can help you find the perfect series for your kiddos to read while you drive to your lake house.  Our shelves boast titles like Where to Bike Chicago and Backyard Beekeeper.  Need a gift for a summer birthday party?  Check.  Need to spruce your garden?  Check.  Want to learn the constellations with your 7-year-old?  Check.  Don't forget: reading isn't just for the school year.  City Lit is here all summer long to help with all your book (and journal and greeting card and bookmark) needs! 

The Daylight Marriage Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - 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.


Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Cover Image
Email teresa@citylitbooks.com or call for price at 773-235-2523
ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Out of Print
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.


The Emerald Atlas Cover Image
$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.


The BBQ Companion: 180+ Barbeque Recipes from Around the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781742709369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tarcherperigee - 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.

 


Have a City Lit Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,

just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was

beginning over again with the summer.”

--F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

 

Whether your summer goal is to build a treehouse, travel to Europe, or find "the next Gone Girl," City Lit has you covered. We'll point you towards the cookbooks, where you'll find a great selection of recipes for grilling, mixing cocktails, and making ice cream. We can help you find the perfect series for your kiddos to read while you drive to your lake house. Our shelves boast titles like Where to Bike Chicago and Backyard Beekeeper. Need a gift for a summer birthday party? Check. Need to spruce your garden? Check. Want to learn the constellations with your 7-year-old? Check. Don't forget: reading isn't just for the school year. City Lit is here all summer long to help with all your book (and journal and greeting card and bookmark) needs!

The Daylight Marriage Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - 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." 


Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Cover Image
Email teresa@citylitbooks.com or call for price at 773-235-2523
ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Out of Print
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. 


The Emerald Atlas Cover Image
$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. 


The BBQ Companion: 180+ Barbeque Recipes from Around the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781742709369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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. 


How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tarcherperigee - 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. 


#WeNeedDiverseBooks

February is coming to a close, and that means the end of Black History Month.  However, we believe in supporting authors of color every month of the year!  If you've been by the store, you've seen our center table filled with books by Black writers: James Baldwin, Roxane Gay, Jacqueline Woodson, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright.  We'll recommend those books all year long; but we'd like to highlight some 2015 books by writers of color, too.  After all, who isn't excited about the new Toni Morrison?? Add these books to your to-read list, and find more at WeNeedDiverseBooks.org. 

The Book of Phoenix Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780756410193
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Daw Books - May 5th, 2015

This Side of Home Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781599906683
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 3rd, 2015

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385744003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - June 9th, 2015

God Help the Child Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307594174
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2015

Stella by Starlight Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442494978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

"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!

Every Day Cover Image
$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


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Cover Image
$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"


The Best of All Possible Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
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


Hug Time Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316182959
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


Dessert for Two: Small Batch Cookies, Brownies, Pies, and Cakes Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781581572841
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.  

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307986955
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harmony - January 14th, 2014

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781577314806
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New World Library - August 19th, 2004

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780470936306
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 7th, 2014

A History of the World in 12 Maps Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Etsy-Preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby Into a Thriving Business Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781118378380
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wiley - October 12th, 2012

Store Hours

City Lit is returning to our pre-holiday hours.  We will, however, be closing at 6pm on New Year's Eve, and will be closed on New Year's Day.  Happy 2015!

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):

The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Can't and Won't Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374118587
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 8th, 2014

Bark: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307740861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.

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

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812994995
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

Ruby Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804139090
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hogarth - April 29th, 2014

An Age of License Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606997680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fantagraphics Books - September 22nd, 2014

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374261177
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fsg Originals - 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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