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We are so excited to welcome you back to Unabridged!  We are open daily 10am - 7pm with limited capacity.  And just so you know you can still order online and pickup your order in the store or have it shipped UPS.  (Remember to always look for an email confirming your order is ready for pickup before coming to the store, thanks!)  Since the health and safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance, we are taking extra precautions at the store and implementing new health and safety measures in accordance with the City of Chicago & the State of Illinois guidelines. 


  • All customers MUST wear a mask inside of the store.
  • Hand sanitizer and gloves (optional) will be provided at the door and at checkout.
  • Social Distancing will remain in place in store for customers and staff.
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at any given time.  Please wait on the marked spots outside if we are at capacity.  We may ask you to limit your time in the store when others are waiting. 
  • Each morning we do a thorough cleaning of the store along with cleaning touch points throughout the day.



Advocacy for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice


To honor the Black Lives Matter movement and as part of our yearlong commitment to promoting the work of activists and organizations engaged in the fight against systemic racism, social injustice, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, we will choose to support two organizations each month.  For the month of September we have chosen the following two organizations:  (See above for past months)

We invite you to join us to support the NAACP and the Lakeview Food Pantry as they work to achieve meaningful and lasting change in our community. For more information about each organization, or to make your own contribution, click above. We ask that you continue to support LGBTQ+ authors, to read books by BIPOC writers, and to read and resist!

Thank you,

Unabridged Bookstore




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September Book(s) of the Month!



September Hardcover Book of the Month
Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

September Hardcover Book of the Month
by Daisy Johnson

Sisters, about the darkly riveting relationship between teenage siblings, exploring the complexities of sisterhood and the deep bonds formed in childhood, is a haunting, poetic, gothic-like tale from the Booker-Prize-nominated Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under (an Unabridged Bookstore favorite!) How each of the sisters completes the other, like “unfinished doppelgangers,” which forms the crux of the novel, is disconcerting and unsettling! A pervasive sense of foreboding dread permeates the whole story, the plot disturbingly revealed in fragmentary, frightening, almost dream-like glimpses that add to the air of lurking trepidation. An eerie and absorbing page-turner, Ed loved and highly recommends!

This tense, wonderfully strange psychological drama is a chilling portrait of a family, specifically two sisters, who must relocate to a cottage by the sea for mysterious reasons. The relationship between the two sisters is explored here, but there is more than just the fraught dynamics of typical sibling rivalry. Theirs is a suffocating, symbiotic relationship detached from reality, filled with obsession, casual cruelty, and innocence coveted, exploited, lost. Daisy Johnson's taut, luminous prose and alternating narratives keeps the reader engaged and filled with dread, and once the revelations start coming to light there is no putting the book down. A tragic story of destructive familial love, both deeply unsettling and eerily hypnotic, Daisy Johnson has written a tale with nods to Shirley Jackson and Ingmar Bergman's Persona, but it is uniquely her own beast. Shane loves!

September Hardcover Book of the Month
The Last Great Road Bum
by Héctor Tobar

In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times.

Joe Sanderson died in pursuit of a life worth writing about. He was, in his words, a "road bum," an adventurer and a storyteller, belonging to no place, people, or set of ideas. He was born into a childhood of middle-class contentment in Urbana, Illinois and died fighting with guerillas in Central America. With these facts, acclaimed novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar set out to write what would become The Last Great Road Bum. A decade ago, Tobar came into possession of the personal writings of the late Joe Sanderson, which chart Sanderson's freewheeling course across the known world, from Illinois to Jamaica, to Vietnam, to Nigeria, to El Salvador--a life determinedly an adventure, ending in unlikely, anonymous heroism. The Last Great Road Bum is the great American novel Joe Sanderson never could have written, but did truly live--a fascinating, timely hybrid of fiction and nonfiction that only a master of both like Héctor Tobar could pull off.

September Paperback Book of the Month
The Discomfort of Evening
by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Centering on a young girl in a devout, Reformed Church farming family, whose brother dies in an ice-skating accident, The Discomfort of Evening takes the reader on a haunting journey. A bestseller in the Netherlands, the novel is a poignant and powerful evocation of a childhood caught between shame and salvation, where the boundless imagination of youth brings young Jas to the brink of ever darker and increasingly dangerous actions. Marieke Rijneveld is also an award-winning poet, which shows in their sensory language and tactile prose, weaving together visceral descriptions of death, decay, sex, sin, and rot into a scramble of beautifully wild images that linger in the mind. Winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize, the judges called it “a deeply deserving winner, a visceral and virtuosic debut that arrests your attention.” A devastating, unsettling novel, where the author’s creative vision roots you firmly in the truth of another life. Ed loved and highly recommends!

September Paperback Book of the Month
The Man Who Saw Everything
by Deborah Levy

Traversing space and time, from the famous crosswalk at London’s Abbey Road to East Berlin to Cape Cod, from 1988 to 2016, The Man Who Saw Everything is the superbly crafted, ambitious, consistently surprising, tantalizing new novel by Deborah Levy, and her third novel in a row to be nominated for the Booker Prize. With its fascinating array of themes—the mixing of lust and politics, trying to escape the harsh realities of our lives, being haunted by various spectres—the book dazzles as it entertains. I loved the beguiling voice and narrative, the crisp dialogue and the novel’s intricate structure, which loops back on itself—historian Saul Adler’s viewpoint turns out to be something other than it seems, which makes for some revealing moments that make this book even more exciting and powerful, while blurring binaries along the way (man/woman, gay/straight, East/West, past/present, personal/political, space/time). Ed loved and highly recommends!


September Paperback Book of the Month
The Undying
by Anne Boyer

Poet Anne Boyer delivers a twenty-first-century Illness as Metaphor that builds on and adds to the works of Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag and others who have written about having breast cancer. Her revelatory observations of bodies in pain, eviscerating sadness, profound loss, grueling treatments, raw suffering, loneliness, exhaustion, the capitalist medical universe and invasive procedures are (using the words of early reviewers)  “harrowing, startling, urgent, passionate, eloquent, haunting, piercing, a fury-fueled elegy, a lyrical battle cry, a treatise on pain, a fresh-fierce-timely-meditation, the work of a woman who will not be denied”. And with brutal clarity, Boyer rails against the pharmaceutical industry, the bland hypocrisies of "pink ribbon culture," t-shirt slogans, false hopes, the theatrics of feel-good fundraising and “awareness campaigns” vs real research. This book is living proof of why we need poets; The Undying is a prodigious accomplishment, and it should not be missed. Ed loved and highly recommends!




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