Our Plan for June

As you know, the Governor recently announced that the state will be ready to move to Phase 3 as of May 29th, allowing retail stores to reopen their doors with capacity limitations. Ever since this was first mentioned as a possibility at Pritzker's press conference on the 14th, we've cycled through a wide range of emotions. When this all started, it was traumatic and terrifying to have to close our doors indefinitely. We didn't think we'd last a week, much less 2 months. 

So, you'd have to assume that we'd be chomping at the bit to throw our doors open to the public again. But frankly, our first--and still our strongest gut reaction--is this: It's too soon.  

Being in charge of the well-being of our team at The Book Table during a pandemic has been the most challenging moral struggle that we have ever taken on. Trying to do right by our staff in terms of both their physical and financial security has not been easy, and we made mistakes along the way. And honestly, our biggest regret is not closing to the public sooner.

The metrics by which our government is calculating moving on to Phase 3 is not whether it's safe to reopen, but whether or not there are enough hospital beds to accommodate us all when we reopen. We don't want to be responsible for filling hospital beds. 

Realistically, we can't hold out forever, but frankly, even if we were to unlock our doors this Friday, we don't foresee a major difference in our bottom line. Lake Street is still torn up, the movie theater is still shuttered, office workers are still telecommuting, and the pandemic continues. The foot traffic on our block will likely continue to consist almost entirely of construction crews and GrubHub drivers for the foreseeable future, so it just makes it easier for us to err on the side of safety. 

Don't get us wrong--we would love nothing more than to see all of your faces again (or at least your eyes and foreheads!) to chat with you about books and movies and politics. But we have a greater obligation to the wellbeing of our staff, our community, and ourselves, and we do not take it lightly. So for now, we have decided to push any consideration of reopening to the public back to June 12th, two weeks after the date set by the governor. As we follow the news over the next couple of weeks, we hope that we can make a more informed decision and come up with a plan to reopen gradually and safely.

So here's what we're asking of you, if you're able. Please continue to support us, ordering books over the phone and on the website. Donate if you can--our sales over the last week have been...quiet. If you purchased gift cards for later use in March and April, please continue to hold onto them if you can. Even with curbside pickup in place, things are nowhere near back to normal yet. And finally, stay home as much as you're able, be safe and keep flattening the curve.

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.

Jigsaw Puzzles Currently in Stock

Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center by Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007)

A lifelong artist and conservationist, Charley Harper expressed his deep appreciation of nature through his design, forming the groundbreaking “minimal realism” that would become his artistic hallmark. He distilled the natural world into vivid, often humorous illustrations garnering him national renown. The featured image comes from a 1991 poster for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in Cleveland, Ohio, created in celebration of the area’s wildlife and the center’s many years of “serendipity in the suburbs.”

Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, our 500-piece jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.


New Yorker Cover by Artist Arthur Getz
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 8+ Years


Explore 120 of the most common birds of Eastern and Central North America. This puzzle has them all from the majestic Bald Eagle to the elegant Sandhill Crane. Learn more about these birds with a poster sized bird key inside that has a QR code links to all the birds songs, as well as their dimensions and Latin names. This puzzle is a perfect way to explore the bird life that surrounds you. This puzzle comes with an informational poster! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has developed QR codes which allow you to listen to the songs and calls of hundreds of birds, right from your smart phone. We have harnessed this educational technology to allow you to hear these birds sing while completing your puzzle. The QR codes are on the informational poster inside. Just download the free Bird QR app and scan the QR codes next to each bird to hear it sing. It’s an interactive way to combine today’s technology with traditional puzzle fun.

Bird Illustration from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25"x26.625"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


A rainbow of birds from all over the world is at your fingertips. This colorful ornithological collection is accompanied by a poster sized bird key which gives you the bird's common name and Latin name. This puzzle is not only educational but a beautifully decorative framable piece.

Bird Illustration from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 26.625"x19.25"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


Camping Equipment - Original Photography by Artist Jim Golden 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Made in the USA Recommended Age: 7+ Years

Original Photography by Artist Jim Golden
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


Penguin Random House book cover art by Artist Ruben Toledo for the Penguin Classics Edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray. 

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 39"x13"
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Toad and his motorcar rushing through the wind introduce us to this indomitable character.
Cover Art by Rachell Sumpter for The Penguin Classics Edition of The Wind in the Willows.

Penguin Random House book cover art
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
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Recommended Age: 8+ Years


Without revealing a bias of his own, the artist Patrice Killoffer borrows from Picasso's revolutionary abstract style in this depiction of the book that changed the world. Cover art from the Penguin Classics edition of The Communist Manifesto.


Penguin Random House book cover art
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 39"x13"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


While listening to music through her headphones, the young girl casually drapes her legs over the arm of the chair as she keenly reads her latest book. Her cats are content to keep her company as they stay perched by her side.

Dream World Illustration by Artist Emily Winfield Martin
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25"x26.625"
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Sloths are beloved for being the world's slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grows on its furry coat. The plant gives it a greenish tint that is useful camouflage in the trees of its Central and South American rain forest home. There are two different types of sloths: two-toed and three-toed. Like other three-toed sloths, the brown-throated sloths (Bradypus variegatus) have an advantage that few other mammals possess: They have extra neck vertebrae that allows them to turn their heads some 270 degrees. All sloths are built for life in the treetops. They spend nearly all of their time aloft, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws. (Dead sloths have been known to retain their grip and remain suspended from a branch.) Sloths even sleep in trees, and they sleep a lot—some 15 to 20 hours every day. Even when awake they often remain motionless. At night they eat leaves, shoots, and fruit from the trees and get almost all of their water from juicy plants. Surprisingly, sloths are excellent swimmers, occasionally dropping from their treetop perches into water for a paddle. Sloths mate and give birth while hanging in the trees. Three-toed sloth babies are often seen clinging to their mothers—they travel by hanging on to them for the first nine month


Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles. The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long. Only monarchs born in late summer or early fall make the migration, and they make only one round trip. By the time next year's winter migration begins, several summer generations will have lived and died and it will be last year's migrators' great grandchildren that make the trip. Yet somehow these new generations know the way and follow the same routes their ancestors took—sometimes even returning to the same tree. Monarch butterflies begin life as eggs and hatch as larvae that eat their eggshells and, subsequently, the milkweed plants on which they were placed. Monarchs are dependent on milkweed plants, which larvae eat nearly exclusively. Fattening larvae become juicy, colorful caterpillars, then create a hard protective case around themselves as they enter the pupa stage. They emerge as beautifully colored, black-orange-and-white adults. 


The park is filled with the premier of the finest canine couture to be had. While posturing in their proper pinstripes and plaids, these city pooches are preparing for some playful pastime.

New Yorker Cover by Artist Maira Kalman, originally published on March 18th, 2013
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25"x26.625"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


The pink flamingos gather and pose for the enthusiastic photographer who balances precariously on the shoreline.
New Yorker Cover by Artist Charles Saxon, originally published on January 15th, 1972
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
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A humorous peek into the private lives of city dwellers in one high rise apartment building.
New Yorker Cover by Artist Harry Bliss, originally published on June 25th, 2018
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
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Hilarious illustration of opera stars leaving a city cab and entering concert hall with the crowd for the night's performance.

New Yorker Cover by Artist Arnold Roth, originally published on November 16th, 1992

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 19.25"x26.625"
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The busy garden center is a hub of activity as customers choose their annuals and perennials for spring planting. From brightly colored flowers to hardy evergreens, they fill their cars with the hopes of beautiful blooms.

New Yorker Cover by Artist Ilonka Karasz, originally published on May 7th, 1960

500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
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Recommended Age: 8+ Years


Summer Vacation - New Yorker Cover by Artist Ilonka Karasz, originally published on August 18th, 1934. The covers of The New Yorker have entertained and enlightened the magazine's readers for nearly a century. With unmatched visual sophistication and wit, they let no subject escape their scrutiny. A roster of extraordinary artists continues to create indelible images that are infinitely varied in style and tone, whether whimsical, provocative, serene, or lough-out-loud funny. From the iconic Eustace Tilley to spot-on images of contemporary life, The New Yorker's covers are always the talk of the town.

New Yorker Cover by Artist Ilonka Karasz, originally published on August 18th, 1934
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 18"x24"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 7+ Years


This puzzle of a NASA JPL Visions of the Future Poster advertises the alignment of all outer planets that occurs only once every 175 years. NASA's voyager mission used gravity from each of the planets to propel it to the next. What would it be like if you could ride one of these shuttles as a tourist?

NASA Space Travel Poster
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 26.625"x19.25"
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Recommended Age: 13+ Years


This puzzle of a NASA JPL Visions of the Future Poster imagines a future day when we have achieved our vision of human exploration of Mars and takes a nostalgic look back at the great imagined milestones of Mars exploration that will someday be celebrated as "historic sites".


NASA Space Travel Poster
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 26.625"x19.25"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 13+ Years


Klimt Expectation 500 Piece Puzzle Cover Image
By Galison, Gustav Klimt (By (artist))
$13.99
ISBN: 9780735346628
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Published: Galison - January 19th, 2016

Put together a masterpiece with this 500 piece puzzle frmo Galison, which features Expectation,one of Gustav Klimt's most famous pieces.
- Package: 8 x 8 x 1.6 inches
- Complete puzzle: 20 x 20 inches
- Includes insert with information about the artist and image


Wildlife artist Charley Harper, whose whimsical paintings portraying all kinds of creatures have delighted art and animal lovers for over sixty years, came by his love of nature as a child growing up in rural West Virginia. Harper (American, 1922–2007) developed his unique style while a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Art Students League in New York City. He went on to illustrate numerous books and to create works for many conservation organizations, including the Audubon Society and the National Park Service, for which The Coral Reef was produced. Harper designed more than fifty posters for various natural areas, parks, and conservation organizations, each celebrating a special part of our natural world in the unmistakable and vibrant style Harper called “minimal realism.”

Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, our 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.


Untitled, 1965, by Edward Gorey

A Renaissance man of boundless imagination, Edward St. John Gorey (American, 1925-2000) authored over one hundred published works, designed sets and costumes for theatrical productions, and had a profound affection for ballet, literature, film, and animals. Cats were a particular Gorey favorite and appear in many of his works, as do a number of other creatures—some recognizable, and some known only in the trademark crosshatched drawings emanating from Gorey’s prolific pen. All of his characters inhabit a uniquely enigmatic world, where the lamentable frailties of existence are humorously assuaged by the hopeful delights of fantasy.

Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, our 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.


Puz Edward Gorey Jigsaw Puzzle Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780764932236
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: Pomegranate Communications - August 27th, 2010

Chicago Cubs New! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 0705988913358
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: Not Avail - November 1st, 2019

Dracula in Dr. Seward's Library 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. Puzzle size: 24 x 18 in. Box size: 8⅝ x 10⅝ x 1⅞ in.

Dracula in Dr. Sewards Library, by Edward Gorey. Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, our 500-piece interlocking jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers.


Vintage Matchboxes 500 Piece Puzzle Cover Image
By Galison, Phat Dog Vintage (Photographs by)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780735349148
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Published: Galison - January 16th, 2017

Phat Dog Vintage scours the earth looking for the unusual and sometimes weird objects that are undeniably meant to be. Vintage Stamps 500 Piece Puzzle from Galison features a colorful photograph of stamps Phat Dog Vintage has collected from around the world. Galison puzzles are packaged in stylish matte-finish sturdy boxes, perfect for gifting, reuse, and storage.
- Package: 8 x 8 x 2"


Rainbow Marbles 500 Piece Puzzle Cover Image
By Galison, Julie Seabrook Ream (By (photographer))
$13.99
ISBN: 9780735351219
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: Galison - January 16th, 2017

Put together this 500 piece puzzle from Galison to reveal a sea of rainbow marbles. Photo by Julie Seabrook of Hey Jules Studio.
- Package: 8 x 8 x 2"
- Complete puzzle: 20 x 20"


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The Last Trial Cover Image
$26.10
ISBN: 9781538748138
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2020

Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller from Scott Turow: a "brilliant courtroom chess match" about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).


Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel Cover Image
$26.09
ISBN: 9780062434029
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Published: William Morrow - May 12th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller!


The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129109
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Published: Grove Press - May 12th, 2020

A magnificently researched, dramatically told work of narrative nonfiction about the history, evolution, impact, and ultimate demise of what was known in the 1930s and 1940s as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Black Cabinet.


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, “one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you” (Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk).


Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9781324005704
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

"One of the finest writers of the new nonfiction" (Harper’s Bazaar) explores the role of art in our tumultuous modern era.

In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century.


Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780735211605
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 12th, 2020

"Thoroughly engrossing. . . .a spirited, suspenseful, economically told tale whose significance is manifest and whose pace never flags." —Wall Street Journal
 
The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world


The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."--Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!


The Turn of the Key Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501188787
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 12th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A superb suspense writer…Brava, Ruth Ware.


Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780316343756
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 12th, 2020

A leading epidemiologist shares his "powerful and necessary" (Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone) stories from the front lines of our war on infectious diseases and explains how to prepare for global epidemics -- featuring a new preface on COVID-19.


Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Cover Image
$20.69
ISBN: 9780316409148
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 12th, 2020

A "riveting and illuminating" Bill Gates Summer Reading pick about how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't (Yuval Noah Harari), by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the landmark bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel.


Superman Smashes the Klan Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781779504210
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Published: DC Comics - May 12th, 2020

The year is 1946. Teenagers Roberta and Tommy Lee just moved with their parents from Chinatown to the center of Metropolis, home to the famous hero, Superman. Tommy makes friends quickly, while Roberta pines for home. Then one night, the family awakens to find their house surrounded by the Klan of the Fiery Kross!


Private Lessons Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781536209600
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Published: Candlewick - May 12th, 2020

In a standout debut for the #MeToo era, a young pianist devotes herself to her art — and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.


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