Tuesday, June 19th
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Thursday, June 21st
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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
"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
"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"
"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
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.
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'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."
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.
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!
"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):
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.