We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the events of the past week.  We join the chorus of voices condemning the murder of George Floyd, and the chorus of voices calling for justice and change. Unequivocally, Black Lives Matter!  We support the right of our community to peacefully assemble and the right to peacefully protest against injustice.  We remain passionately dedicated to raising the consciousness of our community, supporting all peaceful, constructive and non-violent efforts at eradicating systemic racism. We are in support of a diverse and inclusive community where all people, especially people of color, feel safe, and we feel fortunate to be part of this community for 40 years. We want our store and our neighborhood to continue to be a safe space for all people. We want to celebrate the inclusivity and diversity of our neighborhood while at the same time fighting for change.  May we all continue to expand our circle of empathy to continue to fight the fear of the other.





As we move to Phase 3 in the city of Chicago, we look forward to welcoming you back to Unabridged beginning Saturday, June 6th at 10am for limited capacity, in-store shopping!  Our hours are 10-6pm daily.


Since the health and safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance, so 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.


We are so excited to welcome you back in the store and we very much appreciate your cooperation and patience as we move forward with Phase 3.

Remember, you can still order anytime online  or call us on 773-883-9119 for store pickup or shipping.

Any questions just call us or email us unabridgedbookstore(at)gmail.com

Thank you so much for all of your support these last 8 weeks!


We miss making recommendations in person and we know you miss browsing our shelves, so we're updating pages dedicated to some of our favorite sections of the store right here. Click through to browse, and check back for more updates!

Click to Browse!

Weekly Bestsellers

New Releases

Coming Soon

2020 Favorites -
so far!

Award Winners

The Best of 2019

Fiction Paperback

Nonfiction Paperback

Sale Books

Ed's Picks

Staff Picks




Stay Healthy, Stay Safe


In-Store Pickup Now Available! (10am-6pm Daily)

Place your order online or call us with your order!


In addition to shipping orders, we are now offering in-store pickup for orders placed online or by phone; you may pickup your orders between 10am - 6pm daily. For orders placed onlne, you will be notified by email when your order is ready; please wait until we notify you before coming to the store for pickup. Once notified, your order will then be waiting for you on the pickup table just inside the front door of the bookstore under the last name of the person placing the order.  Also be aware when ordering online, your credit card statement will show the charge as Booksense.

PLEASE NOTE: If the book is not in stock in our store, we will notify you by email.  It may take a few days for us to order and get the book in and we will notify you again as soon as it arrives.

We are working to fulfill orders as quickly as possible; please wait until we notify you that your order is ready! Your confirmation email will include details about the status of your books, so please read carefully.

If you have any questions please email us anytime at unabridgedbookstore(at)gmail.com.  Thank you and be safe.



Dear Valued Customers,

Once again, we would like to thank you for all the support shown in recent days. Since we started doing in-store on May 1st, the response has been terrific and we are so grateful. We understand that the current circumstances have caused difficulty for many, and appreciate the efforts made by all to support Unabridged Bookstore at this time. We are truly grateful for the many messages, calls, orders, and words of encouragement from all in our community.  We cannot know the full impact this outbreak, but our priority must always be the health and safety of our customers, our staff, and our wider community. We appreciate the love you have shown us.  


We have received several questions about how to continue this support while the shop remains closed to the public. If you are able, one of the best ways to support Unabridged while you shelter in place is to purchase a Gift Card! Gift Cards can be used anytime in the future; there is no expiration date. We will be happy to mail your gift card free of charge, or hold one to be waiting for you once we reopen! Click here to get started!


If you choose to have your books shipped, please note that our regular UPS shipping rate of $8.99 per order, plus $1 for each additional book will apply. These orders may be shipped from us or directly from our Ingram Warehouse.  

Remember to keep an eye on our website for updates, and follow our social media activity for reading recommendations in the coming days. We would also love to hear about what you’re reading, so share with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitte



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!


May Book of the Month!

Swimming in the Dark
by Tomasz Jedrowski

I very much enjoyed reading Swimming in the Dark, which beautifully captures the exhilaration of sexual awakening and the sexually charged atmosphere of first love, with its yearning and desire, but also the fear and shame of living a duplicitous life, when the warmth of love gives way to feelings of sorrow, shame and despair. The novel is very much anchored in history, in 1980’s communist Poland, and what it’s like to “come out” in a closed political system marked by passivity and despair. Repeatedly mentioned in this novel, and read by both main characters, is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, which it mimics in its confessional style and painful realizations. I loved (and recommend!!) reading them both in tandem, to appreciate their similarities—there is a searing intensity and poignancy to both, with a movement from innocence to danger, where desire becomes something frightening, wounded narrators in both seeking freedom and tranquility, but acknowledging there has to now be an unfortunate end. (also, both authors Baldwin and Jedrowski settled in exile in Paris!) Ed highly recommends!




Coming Soon!

Check out these forthcoming titles we think you will love! Click here to see more titles coming soon! 

Ten Innings at Wrigley
by Kevin Cook
A Beginner's Guide to Japan
by Pico Iyer
by Carolina De Robertis
Exciting Times
by Naoise Dolan
A Convenient Death
by Alana Goodman
& Daniel Halper

The Parting Gift
by Evan Fallenberg
Surviving Autocracy
by Masha Gessen
The Deviant's War
by Eric Cervini
The Next Great Migration
by Sonia Shah

by Amanda Montell



New Tote Bags by
iconic local artist David Lee Csicsko!


Many thanks to iconic local artist David Lee Csicsko for the beautiful designs of our New Tote Bags! You will probably recognize David's art which is prominently featured here in Chicago at the Belmont L Stop, Ann Sather Restaurant, as well as other areas around the Midwest. 





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