“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!
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.
"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!
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.