Unabridgians! We don't often break the fourth wall on our social media, but I'm bending the rules just this once to say goodbye. 👋 I'm Katharine. Over the past ten years I've worn various hats at the shop: I've been your bookseller, frontlist buyer, sale book buyer, social media wrangler, events coordinator, party planner, and book club moderator— sometimes all at once! I've represented Unabridged on panels at BEA, HFF, and ALA, and with a group of other Chicago-area booksellers I started a frontlist book club. Yesterday was my last day at Unabridged. I grew up at the shop, and leaving is, to say the least, bittersweet. 🖤📚 All that said, you'll still be able to buy books from me in the future! 🎉 On March 1st, fellow Unabridged alum Mandy Medley, Volumes/57th Street alum Tom Flynn, and I will take over Pilsen Community Books. We'll be Chicago's only employee owned and operated independent bookstore, and under our management the shop will continue to donate books to local schools. I am profoundly excited and humbled to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills I've developed at Unabridged to this beautiful bookstore. I hope some of you will make the trek down to Pilsen to come see us. 😌 For now, I'm simply grateful to have cut my teeth at Chicago's premier independent bookstore. Keep reading adventurously! Hope to see you soon.
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Brand new and available today, “Homie” is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family—blood and chosen—arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, “Homie” is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez’s friends and for you and for yours. It’s our Book of the Week!
“How much smaller I have become, I said to myself, through an erosion necessary to survival perhaps and perhaps still to be regretted, I’ve worn myself down to a bearable size.” . In “Cleanness,” author Garth Greenwell returns to the narrator of “What Belongs to You,” and expands his survey of shame and longing. As he prepares for departure, the American teacher in Bulgaria recalls several incidents in his search for connection. “Cleanness” defies easy categorization; the book eschews the structure of a traditional novel, and the chapters do not have the distinct nature of a collection of stories. Instead, this work of fiction, without a strict chronology, is built by the narrator’s memory of his encounters. The passions of “Cleanness” have a patina of violence; wounds caused by sex and love show the consequences of lust, and the alienating effects of such hunger. There are explicit, and extreme, sexual encounters, and there is also tenderness. Greenwell describes an intimacy that makes strangers, to each other and to themselves, of those involved. He also links a search for sexual liberty to political protest as a group of young people forms a movement against the constraints of their circumstance. Sexy, provocative, graceful, “Cleanness” by @ggreenwell is our Book of the Week! Signed copies available while they last! #unabooksprideallyear