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Honoring Black History Month

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela, of course, is the source of this famous quote, and it seems particularly appropriate this month: Black History Month. For the last couple of months, we've been hearing comments from longtime Bookstore customers that they want, even need, to educate themselves on the issues our world is facing currently.

February is the time for all people of good will to become educated on the subject of race in our country. So the staff at The Bookstore is challenging our customers to read at least one book this month from our diverse collection. There are a number of new titles as well as some older titles that are worth revisiting. Look for our store display or click here for a selection of our Black History Month picks. Some favorites include:

  • Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, a young adult title written in free verse. A powerful overview of what life was like in the ‘50s and ‘60s, beautifully done.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a book to make you uncomfortable, if you are white, but also a powerful look at what it is like to be black in today’s America.
  • The Warmth of Other Suns  by Isabel Wilkerson. If you are feeling very ambitious, this book is a classic history of the mass migration of blacks out of the deep south to northern cities looking for a better life, covering the era from 1915 to 1970.
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson looks at the judicial system as it currently exists in the Deep South, again a profound read.
  • Birmingham Revolution by Edward Gilbreath. If you are looking for a Christian perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this is the book for you.
  • New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving
  • Black Man in a White Coat  by Damon Tweedy
  • Negroland: a Memoir by Margo Jefferson
  • March Trilogy (three graphic novels) by John Lewis
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly

Glennette Tilley TurnerAuthor Appearance: Glennette Tilley Turner

This month, we also invite you to meet author and friend of The Bookstore Glennette Tilley Turner, who will sign copies of her new book, An Apple for Harriet Tubman, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. 

A historian and educator, Glennette taught for 20 years in the Wheaton-Warrenville Public School System. She also is a consultant and historical researcher about the Underground Railroad. 

Her books include "Fort Mose and the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America," "Billy the Barber's Mirror" and "Take A Walk in Their Shoes: Biographies of 14 Outstanding African Americans," among others.

Stop in The Bookstore and tell us about the books that are opening your mind and inspiring action.

More Author Appearances

  • Laurena Aker will sign copies of Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga at 1 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • Fred Minnick will discuss Whiskey and Words at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. He'll also sign copies of his books The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of American Whiskey and Whiskey Woman. RSVP $35 at the library.
  • For writers seeking information about editing, common mistakes in manuscripts, and what makes a book "good," we'll host "An Evening with an Editor" with Kaylynn Hills at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. RSVP
  • Alexandra Georgas will sign copies of her book Mom & Me: My Journey with Mom's Schizophrenia at 1 p.m. Feb. 18. 
  • J. Girard Jr. will sign copies of his book What It Takes at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
  • Raymond Benson will discuss the James Bond Phenomenon and sign copies of his books in The Black Stiletto series at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. RSVP.

Reading Group Night — Save the Date: March 7

We're planning our annual Reading Group Night, when we present books that are ideal for group discussions. The date is set for Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Our Reading Group Night is excellent way to discover new books that will interest every member of your club (though maybe not at the same time). RSVP today by calling us at 630-469-2891. Or email us at

Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address:

The Bookstore Gives Back

The Bookstore staff is proud to serve our community. We contribute in a variety of ways:  donations, volunteering and in-kind exchanges. Last month, we supported the following organizations: Family Shelter Service, Arbor View School, Benjamin Franklin School, Montini High School, and the District 41 Musical Education Foundation. Good luck in your endeavors!

Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.

What We're Talking About This Month

► February Staff Picks: Jenny chose "Bear and the Nightingale"

February Book Club Picks including our book club's pick "Callng Me Home."

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

Books Heard on NPREat, Live, Love, Die; Difficult Women; Homesick for Another World; Transit; Fever Dream

Bookstore Brain Teaser: Receive 20% off your next in-store purchase if you can answer this trivia question:

In honor of Black History Month.

What is the commonly known name of a famous 19th century solider, nurse and spy whose birth name was Araminta Ross?

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide

Coming Attractions

 Before I fall  Dogs Purpose      

We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 


Our Favorites in 2016

The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016

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You've seen the lists from New York and Chicago, but what were the Top 10 Bestsellers in Glen Ellyn? We compiled a list of our customers' favorites and you'll be tickled by the selections, including several from local authors. 

Here is the list of The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by JK Rowling
  2. "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
  3. "Stop The Presses!" by Robert Goldsborough
  4. "Physicians’ Untold Stories" by Dr. Scott J. Kolbaba
  5. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
  6. "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
  7. "Spice Companion" by Lev Sercarz
  8. "Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin
  9. "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry" by Fredrik Backman
  10. "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

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For more list mania, see below for our staffers' individual favorites from 2016. Jane, Jenny, Renee and Sue looked back on what they read in 2016 and selected 5 or 10 of their favorites. Click the links below to see their full lists, or stop by the store to learn more about their favorites reads in 2016.

Jane's Favorites

Last Days of Night


Click to see all of Jane's favorites in 2016.

Jenny's Favorites

The Orenda The tsar of love and techno

Click to see all of Jenny's favorites in 2016.

Renee's Favorites

Lab GirlChicago

Click to see all of Renee's favorites in 2016.

Sue's Favorites

News of the World

Gentleman in Moscow

Click to see all of Sue's favorites in 2016.

Bob Goldsborough Book Signing

A Bookstore favorite, Bob Goldsborough will sign copies of his latest Nero Wolfe mystery: "Murder, Stage Left." He will be at The Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

His newest release received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “superior” and also said “even die-hard Rex Stout fans will have a hard time distinguishing Goldsborough’s prose and plotting from the originals.”