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
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ISBN: 9781616203689
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
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ISBN: 9781621067252
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 1st, 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 (Books of Beginning #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375872716
Availability: Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling - 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
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ISBN: 9781742709369
Published: Hardie Grant - 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: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399173288
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.