JUNE 4th: From Covers to Credits Book Club: Atonement

This event will take place on Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 pm.

JUNE 5th: Up in Here: Mark Dostert with Alex Kotlowitz

This event will take place on Friday, June 5th at 6:30pm.

JUNE 6th: Bronwyn Mauldin: Love Songs of the Revolution

This event will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 5pm

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! 

Book List
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 5/2015
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-13: 9781621067252
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Microcosm Publishing, 12/2012
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 (Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780375872716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Yearling, 4/2012
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 Emerald Atlas (Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780375872716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Yearling, 4/2012
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-13: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Perigee Books, 2/2015
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.

The Perfect Park Bench Paperbacks

Okay, the weather is still fluctuating.  But it really does seem to be averaging out, and it's sunny more often than not.  Our staff has already taken some lunch breaks outside, and we're sure many of you are also taking the opportunity to eat outside, walk outside, sit outside, and take the dogs for multiple walks.  May we also suggest reading outside?  After the heaviness of winter, we have some great suggestions for lightening up with paperbacks in the sun.  Bonus: The Goldfinch has finally arrived in paperback!  It's still hefty, but definitely easier to tote around and bring to book club.

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$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781250037756
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Picador, 9/2013

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781616204518
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 12/2014

Joyland (Paperback)

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781781162644
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hard Case Crime, 6/2013

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780142180822
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Plume, 3/2014

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062213792
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco Press, 4/2014

$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780316055444
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Back Bay Books, 6/2014

Waiting for those May flowers!

"It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."

--Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 Call us crazy, but we're gearing up for spring already.  After so much snow, how we could we not embrace this sunshine whole-heartedly?  There's a great roster of books coming out this spring, and we're so excited to fill our New Release tables for you.  Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, is releasing a book about human habits and the best ways to change.  Meghan Daum edited an essay collection about not having children, and Kate Bolick wrote about not getting married.  Jon Ronson is following up The Psychopath Test with So You've Been Publicly Shamed?--a look into the rebirth of public shaming via social media.  And The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up remains a best-seller.  What a perfect tool to assist your spring cleaning!

 

We're also continuing to host Story Time every Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:30.  Bring your kiddos by for sing-alongs and picture books.  We're the perfect pre- or post-brunch stop after your visit to the awesome Lula Cafe! And keep an eye on our upcoming events.  We have a great collection of Book Clubs this year.  Whether your're looking to discuss essays, short stories, or science fiction, we have a bunch of awesome book nerds to keep you company.  We'll still be hosting authors in-store, and participating in events like Printer's Row's April 16th chat with Kate Mulgrew!

 

See you soon without those snow boots! 

Book List
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781607747307
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ten Speed Press, 10/2014

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780385348614
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Crown, 3/2015

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781250052933
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Picador, 3/2015

#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. 

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The Book of Phoenix (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780756410193
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: DAW, 5/2015

This Side of Home (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781599906683
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2/2015

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385744003
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 6/2015

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780307594174
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Knopf, 4/2015

Stella by Starlight (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442494978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/2015