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News & Events
May 2021
We are currently open for:
  • online orders
  • phone orders
  • curbside pickup
  • limited in-store browsing (15 minutes only)
To browse in-store, customers must agree to:
  • Wear a mask appropriately with both nose and mouth covered
  • Use hand sanitizer provided at the door
  • Carry children who are unable to wear a mask in a stroller or in adult arms
Thanks for your understanding and patience while we navigate these difficult times!
Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
May Staff Picks
Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland (on sale 5/18): The ghosts among us are many: on buses, in homes, in movie theaters. For those like Ophie who can see ghosts, tradition has taught that it is best to ignore them because they can be dangerous. After all, many of them have been killed by injustice and brutal inhumanity, but Ophie just can’t find it in herself to ignore so many who just wish to be remembered. When Ophie meets Clara, a young and cheerful ghost haunting Daffodil Manor, Ophie must discover who killed Clara in order release her. Daffodil Manor holds many secrets and sleuthing under the watchful eye of old Mrs. Carruthers isn’t easy. But easy isn’t usually the way we need to proceed. A beautifully written mystery with rich history and contemporary relevance that families will be able to read and engage in important discussions. - Linda
The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angelina Boulley: Give this book to all the young women in your life, women who are exploring who they are culturally, sexually, romantically, where their experiences sit in the context of injustices both historical and current. Daunis Fontaine is an eighteen-year-old woman who straddles the worlds of the Fontaines and Firekeepers, white and Ojibwa in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. When yet another tragedy wrapped in the tentacles of the meth crisis occurs in her community, Daunis is reluctantly recruited by the FBI to go undercover to discover the source of a new, more deadly drug plaguing her community. Brilliantly intertwining science and the wisdom of the old ways, the power of community and the injustices that persist, The Firekeeper’s Daughter will leave you forever altered.
- Linda
Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage (on sale 5/18): This book is in no way simple. It is dark and rife with physical and psychological abuse, while still maintaining some semblance of hope. Jonah Keller is a struggling playwright living the clichéd New York life of a starving artist; he’s stuck working as a waiter just trying to make ends meet. Enter Richard Shriver, the charismatic, older, white, wealthy, and successful playwright who not only offers to take Jonah under his wing but seemingly offers him a chance at love. Only when what seems like a fun getaway to the Hamptons turns into a living nightmare does Jonah realize that Richard’s good might not be worth his horrific. Part modern gothic and part rumination on trauma, Parks-Ramage’s debut is a propulsive thriller that gives space to queerness in the wake of #MeToo. - Elisa
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
We're really conflicted about these months that highlight specific groups of people, their histories, their literature, only for that one month. Because so often it means that they're sidelined in history and literature every other month of the year. We believe that all of these groups need to be an essential, integral part of this country's history always, as this is a country of immigrants except for indigenous peoples. However, this does give us an opportunity to center the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander authors whose works have entertained us and changed us.
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim: With layered characters and a deep plot that makes sleuthing nearly impossible and incredibly satisfying, this mystery / courtroom drama / immigrant story is so masterfully drawn, it will feel like a 60 Minutes segment rather than a novel. Pak Yoo and his family, recent immigrants from Korea, run the so-called “miracle submarine”, a hyperbaric submarine. When it catches fire with patients inside and two of them die, the trial that results reveals their struggles, as well as those of families with special needs children who had hoped for a miracle. It's gripping and impossible to put down! - Linda
Front Desk by Kelly Lang: Mia Tang has the gumption of Scout, the fortitude of Lyra, and the insight and wisdom of one much older than her ten years. Mia and her parents immigrated to the U.S. from China two years ago, but their dreams and reality have little in common. When they're offered a job running a hotel in Anaheim for little pay, they take it. Mia’s work at the front desk reveals much, not only about the trials of immigrants but those of Black Americans. The power of the written word, the power of a community, no matter how poor, and the power of the kindness will make you…well, want to jump in a pool. - Linda
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn: Night Marchers, gods, goddesses, and the dead all walk Hawaii with the Flores family, if only they can stop struggling to survive long enough to see them. At seven years old, Nainoa falls into the Pacific only to be brought back to his mother in the mouth of a shark, unharmed and now burdened with the rumor of legend. Noa and his family struggle to understand his gift and what they are supposed to do with it. Every character is imbued with the truths of family and the magic of legend and you will not close this book unchanged.
- Linda
Something Special For Mother's Day
Flowers, chocolates, gift cards, breakfast in bed... Been there, done that, right? Switch it up this year and treat your mom to a box full of books, picked especially for them by our booksellers. All you have to do is fill out the form and we'll do the rest!

Book Club Schedule
Book clubs will continue online; you should be receiving information about them the week before your scheduled book club. As there are no fees to join any of our book clubs, we ask that you please order book club selections from us! We've included links in all of our event listings so that you can easily order online.
Book Clubs for Adults
Cellar Door Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 2 pm
May 9: Valentine
June 13: Deacon King Kong

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
May 20: Flowers over the Inferno
June 17: Iced in Paradise

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
May 15: A Desolation Called Peace
June 19: The Best of R.A. Lafferty

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
May 22: Confessions of the Fox
June 26: Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
May 18: Appointment with Death
June 15: The Greatest Detective in the World

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
May 17: Hollow Places
June 21: Wonderland

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the fourth Fri at 6 pm
May 28: Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
June 25: The Prophets
History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
May 5: Say Nothing
June 2: The Story of the Jews, Volume 1

Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
May 8: Love After the End
June 12: Fireheart Tiger

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
May 27: Lot
June 24: Less

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
May 16: Steppenwolf
June 20: The Sympathizer

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
May 26: The Alchemy of Us
June 23: The Book of Eels

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
May 4: Girl, Woman, Other
June 1: Invisible Women

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
May 2: The Animal Dialogues
July 11 at 4pm*: Vesper Flights
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
May 8: Definitely Dominguita
June 12: Mr. Summerling's Secret Code

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
May 13: Roll With It
June 10: When You Trap a Tiger

Young Adult Book Club Meets the first Friday at 7 pm
Friday, May 7: Boys of Alabama
Friday, June 4: Tender is the Flesh
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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