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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, 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.
 
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 for store pickup or shipping.
Any questions just call us (773-883-9119) or email us at here!
Thank you so much for all of your support these last 8 weeks!
 
In-Store Pickup Available! (10am-6pm Daily)
Place your order online or call us with your order!
 
In addition to shipping orders, we are offering in-store pickup for orders placed online or by phone; you may pickup your orders between 10am - 6pm daily. For orders placed online, 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 wait to receive this message and read carefully.
 
If you have any questions please email us anytime at  unabridgedbookstore@gmail.com . Thank you and be safe!
 
Gift cards are also available on our website, ! We can mail a gift card to you, to your friends or family, or we can hold it for you here in the shop to be used when we reopen.  Click here to get a gift card!
 
And in this time of physical distance, don’t forget to share what you’re reading! Follow our social media channels to see what we are reading at home, and share your thoughts on  Facebook Instagram , or  Twitter .
 
We’ll send periodic updates as information becomes available. In the meantime we want to help you stay connected and informed through books, so scroll on for a peek at what we’ve been reading; some new releases, some favorites, and a few things to look for in the near future. And don’t forget our book clubs! Look for more about what we will be reading this month and how you can join the discussion from home! Happy reading!
June Hardcover Book of the Month:
Our Time is Now
by Stacey Abrams
 
This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win.
 
Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn't win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.
 
Our Time Is Now  draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others' who have fought throughout our country's history for the power to be heard. The stakes could not be higher. Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are--now.
 
June Paperback Book of the Month:
We Are Called to Be a Movement
by Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
 
It's time for everyone who cares about the state of our nation to heed the call and join forces to redeem the soul of America.
 
It's time to come together and renounce the politics of rejection, division, and greed. It's time to lift up the common good, move up to higher ground, and revive the heart of democracy.
 
In a single, rousing sermon, the celebrated Reverend William J. Barber II of the Poor People's Campaign makes an impassioned argument whose message could not be clearer: It's time for change, and the time needs you.
 
 
Just released, take a look at these new titles and click each for more info!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
H  ere are a few of this week's most popular books at Unabridged, click here to see the full list of this Week's Bestsellers , and keep an eye out for new suggestions each week!
 
 
 
 
 
Click through below to browse more of our favorite books!
 
We miss making recommendations in person and we know you miss browsing our shelves, so we're updating our website with pages dedicated to some of our favorite sections of the store; bestsellers, award winners, bundles of books to keep you reading at home, and more!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Remember that there is no membership or sign up required to attend our meetings - just pick up your copy of the book in the shop, and come ready for friendly discussion!
Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, June 23 rd , 2020
 
After a brief hiatus, our fiction book club resumes in June! Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, James Baldwin's  Another Country  is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime.
 
Join our book discussions via Zoom! Email Matt here for more info about this book club or how to join the Zoom meeting.
Queer Book Club
Tuesday, June 30 th , 2020
 
For our June discussion, we're commemorating Pride month and the Stonewall riots with this anthology of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers chronicling the years leading up to and the years following the uprising. This collection is drawn from the New York Public Library's archives and edited by Jason Baumann, with a foreword by Edmund White.
 
Join our book discussions via Zoom! Email Matt here for more info about this book club or how to join the Zoom meeting.
How to support Black Lives Matter and other groups protesting in Chicago
 
Fiction by Contemporary Black Authors About Navigating White Supremacy
 
 
Readings on Racism, White Supremacy, and Police Violence in America
 
 
 
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