Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.

Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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February Book Pick

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward--with hope and pain--into the future.

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Featured Bookstore of the Month:
The Book Cellar, Chicago IL

This tidy and merrily-decorated Lincoln Square gem is an independently-owned neighborhood favorite and frequent venue for Chicago book-signings and readings events. The shop’s inventory includes well-organized shelves of fiction, non-fiction and an impressive section devoted to children and young readers. The neighborhood gathering spot makes no secret of its support for local, small-press authors and publishers. They also welcome book clubs looking for an inviting atmosphere and central location to meet and discuss reading selections.

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