We're Open!

These are the rules of shopping at The Book Table during Covid:

  • Mask up! We will enforce this zealously, including making sure you're wearing your mask properly. Masks must be worn, and they must cover your nose, mouth, and chin at all times. If you are unable to wear a mask correctly, please use our curbside pickup service instead.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at the station in our entryway.
  • We request that everyone maintains 6 feet of distance between other customers and employees at all times. There will be floor markers near cash registers to help you with this, but please be mindful of this throughout the store.
  • Payment by credit/debit or contactless methods are greatly preferred. If you have a card, please use it. We will accept cash only as needed.
  • During peak hours, there may be times when we will have people wait outside to make sure there is adequate social distancing space inside.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who doesn't follow these rules.

In aid of the enforcement of these rules, please be understanding of our staff who may need to be a little bossier than usual. We'll try to be nice, but frankly, we've all gone a little feral from these months of isolation.

Some other changes you may notice: our public restrooms will not be public for the time being. There will be no chairs in the store encouraging folks to hang out. And work stations are set up in weird places to allow our staff to socially distance from each other.

And just because we're reopening doesn't mean you have to be ready to visit us. We will continue to offer contactless curbside pickup from our back door for those who prefer it, and we will continue to ship books to anyone who isn't ready to leave the house at all.

Can't wait to see your smiling...eyes!

Curbside Pickup Now Available!

You may now select free curbside pickup at checkout! Please allow at least 24 hours for us to contact you about the availability of your purchase. Once we tell you your order is ready for pickup, head on over--however, Lake Street is closed for construction, so we are directing all pickup customers to the BACK DOOR. Our back door is next to Hecho en Oak Park's back door, and opens out into the pay lot on Marion Street between Coldstone Creamery and Q-BBQ. Call us when you arrive at 708-386-9800. Please stand at least 6 feet away from the door, and someone will come with your pre-paid order and set it on a shelf outside the door. Please be respectful of our staff's safety and allow them to move back before you pick up your package.

New Arrivals 8/11/20

The New Wilderness Cover Image
$25.19
ISBN: 9780062333131
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

"The New Wilderness is a virtuosic debut, brutal and beautiful in equal measure."
—Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven


A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom: A Novel Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780593230152
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Hogarth - August 11th, 2020

From the bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky—“a darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart” (People)—comes a new novel that plays out across all of human history: a story as precise as it is unlimited.


Via Negativa: A novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780525658474
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Knopf - August 11th, 2020

"A beautiful and meditative exploration of shattered faith." —Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half

A heartfelt, daring, divinely hilarious debut novel about a priest who embarks on a fateful journey with a pistol in his pocket and an injured coyote in his backseat.


The Comeback Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780593099513
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Berkley - August 3rd, 2020

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK!
 
One of Summer 2020’s Most Anticipated Novels
Marie Claire, Bustle, Popsugar, Goodreads, Today Show online, New York Post, Betches, Better Homes & Gardens, Bad on Paper podcast, The Stripe, Shondaland, HuffPost, CNN.com


Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801340
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Random House - August 11th, 2020

When did America give up on fairness? The New York Times bestselling author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change—and charts a way back to the future.
 


On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake Cover Image
$26.06
ISBN: 9780525654858
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Knopf - August 11th, 2020

From the prizewinning journalist, internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security ("I can't imagine a more important book for our time,"--Sebastian Junger; "Required reading,"--Tom Friedman; "compelling, fascinating . . .


Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9781984826558
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Crown - August 11th, 2020

An urgent exploration of men’s entitlement and how it serves to police and punish women, from the acclaimed author of Down Girl

“Kate Manne is a thrilling and provocative feminist thinker. Her work is indispensable.”—Rebecca Traister 


The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781984826244
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Currency - August 11th, 2020

“The inside scoop on how marijuana landed on Main Street . . . and why it’s coming soon to a city near you.”—Katie Couric
 


Walking Chicago: 35 Tours of the Windy City's Dynamic Neighborhoods and Famous Lakeshore Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780899976976
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Wilderness Press - August 11th, 2020

Get to Know the Illinois City's Most Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525541349
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

"A brilliant literary murder mystery." —Chicago Tribune

"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." —Annie Proulx


Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780143135425
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Penguin Books - August 11th, 2020

"Both heartbreaking and sharply funny...Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is brilliant and surprising at every turn."—Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers


New Arrivals 8/4/20

The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525541608
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

"Electrifying." — O Magazine

Named one of the year’s most anticipated books by The New York TimesElleHarper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and more

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780374194321
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

One of the Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020


The Space Between Worlds Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780593135051
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Del Rey - August 4th, 2020

An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens the very fabric of the multiverse in this stunning debut, a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$28.80
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
 


True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385536738
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

From CNN chief legal analyst and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, a real-life legal thriller about the prosecutors and congressional investigators pursuing the truth about Donald Trump's complicity in several crimes--and why they failed.


The Confession Club: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781984855190
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Ballantine Books - August 4th, 2020

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.


The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781101971383
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

New York Times bestseller

Named a best book of the year by The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780812985719
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 4th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A sharp, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus
 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine Paste Shelf Awareness


A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780316509442
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Little, Brown Spark - August 4th, 2020

A "powerful and indispensable" look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism (Gerald Markowitz) and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities -- featuring a new preface on COVID-19 risk factors.


Midnight Sun Cover Image
$25.19
ISBN: 9780316707046
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.


The Black Kids Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781534462724
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

“Should be required reading in every classroom.” —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
“A true love letter to Los Angeles.” —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion
“A brilliantly poetic take on one of the most defining moments in Black American history.” —Tiffany D.


Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9781419749094
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 4th, 2020

Sparks! Double Dog Dare (Sparks! #2) Cover Image
By Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto (Illustrator)
$13.49
ISBN: 9781338339901
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Graphix - August 4th, 2020

Sparks is in for trouble when he starts seeing double!

Who's a good dog?!


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