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WELCOME BACK TO UNABRIDGED!

Now Open Daily 10-7

 

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 choose to support these two organizations in the month of August:

We invite you to join us to support Color of Change and Southern Poverty Law Center 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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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. 

NEW 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.

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UPDATED ANTI-RACIST READING LIST

We've updated our

Anti-Racist Reading List and some of the titles that have been sold out are

BACK IN STOCK!

Click to see the full list!

 

Please be aware that due to high demand some of these titles are on backorder and may take some time to arrive before pickup! For any questions, email us at unabridgedbookstore@gmail.com

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Calendars!

Our Calendar Room is open again, with 2021 calendars and planners are arriving daily!

 

 

 

Book(s) of the Month!

 

August Hardcover Book of the Month
The Death of Vivek Oji
by Awkwaeke Emezi

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?
 
One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son's body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family's struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek's closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens--and Osita struggles to understand Vivek's escalating crisis--the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters,  The Death of Vivek Oji  is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations--a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

August Hardcover Book of the Month
Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson

"As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not."
 
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.Beautifully written, original, and revealing,  Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents  is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

 

August Paperback Book of the Month
The Memory Police
by Yokio Ogawa

This dystopian fable, first published in Japan in 1994 and translated into English for the first time, is a startlingly relevant reflection of our zeitgeist, a metaphor for both state control and the unstoppable effects of climate change. On an unknown island, objects- and the collective memory of them- start to disappear at the hands of the mysterious and brutal Memory Police. The incremental disappearance of the world has been normalized, and most of the fatalist characters in Ogawa's novel accept this world with disturbing passivity, while the protagonists who try to fight against it find themselves on the brink of existential collapse. With a keen sense of dread, Ogawa explores the nature of truth, the elusiveness of memories, state surveillance, safety versus captivity, and the construction of the self. The stark and elegantly understated quality of this tale gives it a disquieting eeriness, and the surreal, poetic imagery creates a lulling melancholy that is persistent throughout. If this book were a movie, it wouldn't be the big summer sci-fi blockbuster. Instead, it would be the indie arthouse film, and what it lacks in big flashy scenes it makes up for with a quiet devastation that will haunt you. Shane recommends!
 

August Paperback Book of the Month
Intimations
by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith's ultra-timely essays (most written in just the past few months) are the perfect antidote to the horrible newscycle. In Intimations, Zadie Smith analyzes these last few months during the pandemic, not to document, but instead to unearth the complicated feelings that this situation has provoked. With lively and candid prose, Smith offers these 6 intimate "slices of life" vignettes, in which she offers meditations on time, privilege, and suffering, and scathing critiques of police brutality and economic inequality, two systemic injustices magnified by COVID-19 (the essay Postscript: Contempt As a Virus may be the most powerful one in the book). There is profound insight here, but also vulnerability; Intimations perfectly captures the strangeness, absurdity, terror, anger and uncertainty of these times.Smith doesn't give concrete answers- she knows it is too soon for that. What she does offer the reader is her inquisitive mind and the sheer beauty of her words. Shane recommends!

 

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Signed - The Skin You Live In!

Iconic local artist David Lee Csicsko, the creator of our latest tote bag designs, stopped by to sign copies of The Skin You Live In!

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children. Published by Chicago Children's Museum, written by Michael Tyler, and illustrated by our friend David Lee Csicsko!

 

 

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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