May News at The Bookstore

Books for Mom

Mother's Day is Sunday, and we have a selection of books for every mom's taste. Stop by The Bookstore for our in-person recommendations (some of us are also moms).

A Letter to My MomThe Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book Far from the Madding Crowd The Invention of Wings

Have your read these Pulitzer Prize winners?

All the Light We Cannot SeePope and MussoliniThe Sixth Extinction 


► All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


► Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn 

Biography or Autobiography

► The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer 


► Digest by Gregory Pardlo 

General Nonfiction

► The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert 

Meditating with Art

Big Book of MandalasFloral Designs

A hot trend that has everyone talking is meditative pattern coloring books. Pick a pattern and lose yourself in the meditative creation. Stop in the store to see our selection of these books and start channeling your inner zen.

Very Good LivesBooks for Grads

Our soon-to-be-graduating teen staffers (Abbey, Emma and Ellie) chose a few books they thought would be excellent gifts for grads this year. 

► From Abbey: Art of Possibility

► From Emma: Congratulations, By The Way

► From Ellie: I Am Malala

What We're Talking About This Month

QuartetOur Souls at NIghtThe Preorder Specials of the Month are Our Souls at Night and Quartet. Receive 10% off with your preorder reserve. (Discount applies to reserves made in-store only.)

For the complete story: Are you hooked on characters and plots appearing on both the big and small screens?  We've got the original stories and their companion books in stock for all of today's hot shows, including
 Wolf HallThe Dovekeepers, The Outlandish Companion, The World of Ice and Fire, Emperor of all Maladies, and The Longest Ride.

► May Staff Picks 

► May Book Club Picks

► Book Extras: See the YouTube video of The Tapper Twins Go To War by Geoff Rodkey.

► New in Paperback

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

In honor of Mother's Day, who was the famous fictional mom whose daughters included Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth?

Books into Movies

Movies out in theaters now are based on popular books. Read them before you see them. 

Far from the Madding Crowd

Lady in Gold

Thank You

Indie Bookstore fans turned out May 2 for Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration of small bookstores like ours in Glen Ellyn. Thank you so much to our customers for your patronage and support. It truly was a remarkable day. Read More

And A Word from Jane ...

I often talk about community and how important we feel it is here at The Bookstore.

Because The Bookstore has been a part of the community of Glen Ellyn/Wheaton for so long, we have many, many customers who have been shopping with us for years. They are friends as well as customers. We really love our customers who express a personal interest in our little store and the care and concern they show for the continuation of The Bookstore.

One of the best examples of this recently has been our friend/customer Rich Marx. Rich retired last year from Lisle Junior High School, where he had served for many years as their librarian and did most of his book ordering from us. 

In late fall we began discussing doing some "fixing up" of our physical space here at The Bookstore. Because of my age, frankly, it seemed like an overwhelming undertaking. 

Then a totally amazing thing happened.  Rich, it turns out loves to paint, has extra time on his hands, and volunteered to paint the shelves here at The Bookstore! It has been a true miracle. He has been kind enough to spend countless hours at odd times of day and night to completely repaint, a bit at a time, all of the shelves. It is more of blessing than I can find words for and has been a gift to the whole community!

So I want to say a big THANK YOU to Rich and to all of our customers who offer us their support and, of course, continue to buy books in our little store, when there are so many other places to get books today! Book lovers are the best people in the world and the best of the best shop at The Bookstore!


Drop-in Storytime

Get out of the house with your toddler or preschooler and join us for a Drop-In Storytime at The Bookstore.

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., we'll read new and favorite children's stories. No registration is required