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 Join us Saturday & Sunday (10/31 & 11/1) for our special 40th anniversary weekend.  We will be offering 10% off all purchases all weekend (instore/online/phone).  Also we will be debuting our new special 40th anniversary tote bag and two new 40th anniversary bookmarks, all designed by local Chicago artist and friend of Unabridged, David Lee Csicsko.

Our new tote and bookmarks will be available starting Saturday 10/31; Tote bag $14.99, bookmarks are free!  Remember we are still operating with limited capacity, so there may be a wait on the weekend to come inside the store.  In order to avoid waiting in line, or you just feel more comfortable doing curbside pickup, you can order online or by phone and pickup your order from the door person when you arrive.

                                             

It's always a good idea to start holiday shopping early, but 2020 is not the year to take chances -
pre-order books before they release! Shop ahead of time! Buy Early - Buy Local!

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

BOOK DUE 11/17/20

A Promised Land by Barack Obama will be released on November 17th, and you do not want to wait until then to to order. Click here to pre-order now!    Or call us on 773-883-9119 and reserve your copy today!

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October Book(s) of the Month!

 

October Hardcover Book of the Month
Just Like You
by Nick Hornby

Lucy used to handle her adult romantic life according to the script she'd been handed. She met a guy just like herself: same age, same background, same hopes and dreams; they got married and started a family. Too bad he made her miserable. Now, two decades later, she's a nearly-divorced, forty-one-year-old schoolteacher with two school-aged sons, and there is no script anymore. So when she meets Joseph, she isn't exactly looking for love--she's more in the market for a babysitter. Joseph is twenty-two, living at home with his mother, and working several jobs, including the butcher counter where he and Lucy meet. It's not a match anyone one could have predicted. He's of a different class, a different culture, and a different generation. But sometimes it turns out that the person who can make you happiest is the one you least expect, though it can take some maneuvering to see it through. Just Like You is a brilliantly observed, tender, but also brutally funny new novel that gets to the heart of what it means to fall surprisingly and headlong in love with the best possible person--someone you didn't see coming.

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October Hardcover Book of the Month
The Caretaker
by Doon Arbus

The Caretaker, the first novel by Doon Arbus (daughter of the great photographer Diane Arbus) is fraught with tension and confrontation, conjuring up various genres- parable, ghost story, mystery-as it immediately puts the reader under its spell. In this wonderfully odd, psychologically disconcerting tale the author creates the effect of a fun-house mirror, where the resulting images are distorted, and various metaphysical proportions have shifted, with the tension that pervades the book coming to a head in the tense stand-off between the caretaker and a group of visitors to the museum. Without much action or plot to speak of, Arbus uses her complex sentence construction, syntax and precision in word choice to full advantage in creating a taut psychological parable that takes us on a journey into the labyrinth of the mind of the caretaker, who seems haunted by the oblivion that awaits him, and where the objects he has spent a lifetime cataloguing and revering become “gloriously purposeless.” Along the way, Arbus raises interesting questions about typology, “things” as valuable artifacts or worthless keepsakes, objects as signifiers, and “the hidden relationships between things in a world apparently bereft of meaning.” Ed loved and highly recommended!
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October Paperback Book of the Month
The Topeka School
by Ben Lerner

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner is, on the surface, one family’s story: chapters alternate between Adam, the sometimes poet, wannabe rapper, and often inexplicably angry young man, his father, Jonathan, an amateur filmmaker in his free time, and an expert in dealing with unruly young men in his work, and Adam’s mother Jane, a renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author. In brief interludes between the family’s tale, another story emerges. As Adam’s bright future unfolds in his final turn as a high school debate champ, Darren, a former classmate, mentally impaired, and social outcast, has been left behind, though not entirely forgotten. Below this surface the novel builds up to questions of masculinity, misogyny, and confronts the spring of the US’s white, male, rage. Against the backdrop of high school halls raging with inconsequential debate and the intellectual musings of a ‘world famous’ psychiatric institution, The Topeka School grapples with the dangers of rhetorical free-for-all. As in his other work, Lerner’s deft hand displays a fascination with language; his stand-in Adam often muses about free styling, poetry, and “the spread.” This form of verbal bullying is a debate tactic used to overwhelm an opponent’s ability to comprehend and respond with unintelligibly spouted, sometimes unverified, often irrelevant information. It is the unfettered use of language as a weapon, not unlike the media drivel and political discourse of today. The Topeka School speaks to the seeming deadlock of American identity while maintaining the scale of a family saga. Matty recommends!
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October Paperback Book of the Month
The Hole
by Hiroko Oyamada

In this strange and surreal novella, the protagonist Asa, acclimating to her new life in rural Japan, falls into a mysterious hole in the ground, prompting a series of bizarre and unsettling happenings. Taken at face value, this tale is an entertaining yet unnerving romp through the author's twisted imagination. But The Hole is so much more than that; an allegory for the nightmarish trap of our monotonous daily lives where "normal" becomes grotesque and threatening, Hiroko explores isolation and alienation in utterly inventive and unconventional ways. Taut, eerie, and dreamlike... Shane recommends!
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October Paperback Book of the Month
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
by Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World tells the story of Leila, a Turkish sex worker who has just been brutally murdered. The book starts with an ingenious framing device and chapter structure: after the heart stops beating, what if the brain continues to think? In these remaining 10 minutes and 38 seconds after her murder (minute by minute, chapter by chapter), Leila’s mind continues to whirr, and memories of Leila’s life flood the page thru flashbacks, tender vignettes and reminiscences, revealing an extraordinary tale of a courageous woman brutalized but not broken. Although I felt the book at times a bit preachy and the final scene a bit weak, the novel teems with life, and the humanizing narrative of Leila and her five cherished friends succeeds as a celebration of society’s outcasts, Shafak confronting fundamentalism, misogyny and religious zealotry while giving voice to society’s untouchables. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds is a great example of the good old-fashioned art of intricate storytelling. Ed loved and highly recommends!
 
In this finalist for the 2019 Booker Prize, “Tequila Leila,” a sex worker in Istanbul, is murdered and left in a dumpster. In the final moments following her last heartbeat, her brain continues to function, recalling sensations and memories in a frenzied blur; the traumas of her youth, and the life and friendships she made “in a city where everything was constantly shifting and dissolving.” Between vignettes of her oppressive, patriarchal upbringing in rural Anatolia, and episodes of danger and revolution in the city where East meets West, Leila introduces each of her outcast companions, and a powerful portrait of friendships emerges. Shafak balances the beautiful and tender with the bleak and brutal, and as the book culminates in Leila’s last adventure, her friends are moved to action by grief and injustice. Matty recommends!

 

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 October we have chosen the following two organizations:  (See above for past months)

We invite you to join us to support the Broadway Youth Center and Project NIA 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

Click here to see our complete updated anti-racist reading list!

 

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Check out our Tote Bags & Coffee Mugs!

Looking for the perfect gift? Take a look at our new coffee mugs, available now for $8.99! Or one of our four totes - each bag is $14.99, buy one and get 10% off your purchase when you visit in the future. Available for in-store pickup only, click below to order!




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