Unabridged Book of the Month!

elegance of the hedgehogNew book of the month! It’s so big it two needed extra days!

By now I am sure you’ve heard a friend, or a friend of a friend who’s read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and loved it, but now you have Ed who highly recommends this wonderful book.

This is what he had to say:

“I loved the Elegance of the Hedgehogmaybe my favorite novel of the year. In this double narrative, there is more to Renee – elderly, frumpy widowed concierge at an exclusive Paris apartment building – than meets the eye! And Palo Ma – 12 years old, philosophical, precocious – decides (in pretty typical french, existential fashion) that she’s going to kill herself on her 13th birthday.

The novel is tender and satirical, its characters inspiring the affection and enthusiasm readers similarly have for those of Alexander McCall Smith. Plot developments range from heartbreaking to the comic (at one point, Renee ponders whether her cat exists, or just her perception that exists!) The novel challenges stereotypes and class divisions all the while exploring the nature of beauty and the meaning of life.

Hooray for Elegance of the Hedgehog!

Like all of our Europa Editions (an amazing Publisher who is doing great things for English Literature) at Unabridged Bookstore, it is 10% off the cover price.

ALSO! Here is some further reading about the author, Muriel Barbery.

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Sad Day for Architects (and the rest of us)

prarie ave. bookshop
prarie ave. bookshop

A rather depressing bit of news, but Prairie Avenue Bookshop here in Chicago is closing its doors on September first.

The United States (and Chicago) is hemorrhaging bookstores. We are not just losing a place to purchase books, we are losing places that define communities.

It’s a meeting place, of sorts, for Chicago’s notoriously competitive architectural community.

“You would run into other architects there — or hide from other architects,” Eifler said.

What’s really sad about the whole bit is that their problems are not unique.

“People would come to the bookshop with their notepad, make notes of what they wanted and then go buy it somewhere else,” Wilbert Hasbrouck said last week. He blamed the 10.25 percent sales tax for driving buyers to online booksellers like Amazon.com.

Unfortunately for them, gatherings of people don’t pay the bills and keep the new books coming in the store.

Of course what’s needed is a tax policy that realizes the Internet isn’t going anywhere and a county, looking at you Todd Stroger, that doesn’t have contempt for the businesses that operate within its borders (among many other things).

So, remember kids, support your indies.

Assouline books out of our ears

Newest addition to our ever evolving sale-book supply: ASSOULINE BOOKS. We received gobs yesterday.

Their small format gems cover everything from The Moulin Rouge to Dolce and Gabbana to Christoffe to Eames. How can you go wrong for $5.98?

Not famaliar with Assouline? Here’s a link to their website and a blurb!

Since 1994, Assouline Publishing has created fine illustrated books covering art, design, fashion, architecture, gastronomy, travel and lifestyle with one simple idea in mind – all that is beautiful in the world ought to be in an Assouline book.

Renowned for their highly original graphic concept, Assouline books are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life. The spirit and “savoir faire” of these works have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable.

Yeah, okay, it’s a little over the top, BUT, they’re great little books and, AND, you really can’t beat the price.

They’re displayed prominently in our art/photography/design section (wing), so come on in and take a look.

Everone makes their own decisions every day

This is … um. An interesting way to promote literacy. I mean, burning books isn’t, really, the FIRST thing I think of when I’m contemplating what book to read next. But hey, maybe they’re thinking of the omelet analogy. Or. Uh. Burning books.

Pic is small. Click for much larger.

How that ad brain-storming session probably went down:

Ad Exec 1: I’m hungry.

Ad Exec 2: You know what would be great?

Ad Exec 3: I’m kind of hungry too.

Ad Exec 4: Are we talking about lunch?

Ad Exec 1: I was thinking about it. You know what I did last night?

Ad Exec 2: We should promote reading by showing pictures of burning books.

Ad Exec 1: I drank a whole gallon of pork gravy last night.

Ad Exec 3: That is so cool. I am jealous.

Ad Exec 4: A WHOLE GALLON?! God, you’re awesome.

Ad Exec 1: I know! I’m thinking of doing it again tonight.

Ad Exec 2: All right, I  just called down to the art department. Should be done by Friday.

Ad Exec 3: Do you think we can get a box of bacon delivered right now?

(pic via PFTompkins on Twitter)

One Michael Jackson Point of Interest

Michael Jackson, who you may recall passed away last week, was a fan of the the 18th century Scottish poet, Robert Burns (according to David Gest). It’s an interesting connection because of Burns’ own ties to local Scottish folk music. We’re through the looking glass, people! Full circle.

And until that MJ bio comes out later this year we will not have any further Jackson-based news.

Thank you. That is all.