Author Archives: Emily

About Emily

Emily is a veteran in the customer service field, waiting tables, making coffee, renting videos (remember those?), and selling books since she was 15 years old. She enjoys glitter pens, drinking wine, critiquing horror movies, and planning vacations that may or may not come to fruition. Perhaps the most accurate thing ever said about Emily is that she is "crafty to a fault." She has a master's, but probably isn't using it the right way. When it comes to reading, Emily is always searching for narrative children's books, multidimensional board books, middle grade novels that make her cry and adult novels centered on concepts of home.

Spring Ahead: Picture Books When You’re Waiting for Spring

If you’re living in Chicago, then you woke this morning to a layer of snow covering your now frozen tulip beds. It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer, right?! But just because our feet are freezing and our gardens … Continue reading

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My Month of YA: 5 Lessons from my Teenage Brain

  The Holidays may seem years away already, but trust me when I say that your friendly neighborhood retailers are only NOW recovering. That’s why after the craziness of the holidays, I decided to reward myself with a bit of … Continue reading

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Life Beyond the Magic Tree House: Great Early Readers Hand-Selected by Us!

This blog post has been a long time coming. Perhaps the procrastination comes from the fact that we talk about this topic almost every single day in the bookstore–whether to a bewildered parent who is confused what the difference could … Continue reading

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Emily Reads…Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton

Okay okay okay. Female novelists writing about females dealing with being female… we’ve been here before. We’ve done this dance. You know I love these books. I know I love these books. It won’t surprise anyone when I come out … Continue reading

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Emily Reads… Ed Tarkington’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Sometimes you want a novel that will take you places. A great caper with a muscle-y hero. Or maybe a lean, snarky world-travelling diamond thief. Maybe you want to be a part of a great romance without having to go … Continue reading

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Part One: The Ten Best Picture Books of 2015

Okay, before we get started, can we all just take a breath? I mean, seriously. This holiday has started off with a bang, not a whimper. And not even a bang. More like a building collapsing, orchestra of cymbals clashing, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season: A Compilation of Complicated Families

  Now that the first snow has fallen in Chicago, it’s really beginning to feel like the Holidays. And I’m not talking about the slow, leisurely descent into merriment and family cheer I was hoping for. I’m talking about cannonballing … Continue reading

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