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A selection of hand-picked gems from our downtown Portland store. Minimum order of $8.

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Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry

By Cole Gerst

From the Publisher

"Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called "artifacts." Fuller did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. Throughout the course of his life Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books, received 47 honorary degrees. And while his most well know artifact, the geodesic dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide, Fuller's true impact on the world today can be found in his continued influence upon generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a more sustainable planet.

Illustrator and author, Cole Gerst, brings Fuller's work into vivid, full-color view. Poet of Geometry includes hundreds of detailed illustrations spanning Fuller's entire life. This book not only shows how important Fuller was during his lifetime, but how his ideas are even more relevant today than ever."


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The D.I.Y. Guide To Drums

By Lisa Ann Schonberg

64 pps, 5.5"x8.5" spiral bound, MP3 download

The power to drum is in your hands! Lisa Schonberg of Kickball, Explode Into Colors, and STLS has been playing for 24 years, and with a steady hand shows the basics that make up a well-rounded drummer. From drum lexicography to drum fills and disco beats, Schonberg clearly builds upon the basics and demonstrates proper techniques with cute cartoons and lots of helpful tips. A fantastic introduction to drumming and music in general, The D.I.Y. Guide To Drums is an encouraging, easy to read, and comprehensive guide to the kick-ass art of drumming!


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Fears of Your Life + How Fearful Can You Be

By Michael Bernard Loggins

160 pgs, 6"x9", hardcover, illustrated

From the publisher: This is the brand new 2nd edition of a book about scary things: all the things that you're afraid of. Everybody has fears in common, and in this wondrous handwritten book, author Michael Bernard Loggins (an adult with developmental disabilities) battles his fears by listing more than 138 of them. Loggins explores the depths of our most human emotion from real fears like "#53 Fear of Bats" and "#57 Fear of being different," to more complex, imagined fears like "#85 Fear that if you put too much toilet paper in the toilet bowl it will run over and get all over the floor and on you and on someone else too, it would leak from upstairs to the next floor below." This revised edition contains a new 60-page illustrated chapter of unique portraits, entitled "How Fearful Can You Be?" and in artist Harrell Fletcher's preface, he explains the origins of Fears of Your Life and its lasting impact in its many manifestations.

Author Michael Bernard Loggins has written & illustrated two books. Fears of Your Life has been featured on NPR's This American Life, excerpted in Harper's magazine, and turned into a multimedia dance performance choreographed by Kim Epifano and performed by AXIS Dance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He lives in San Francisco.


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Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension

By Michael Heald

190 pps., 7.5"x5", perfect bound

Across 11 essays, Michael Heald compulsively measures himself against men like Eli Manning, Ryan Gosling, and Stephen Malkmus, and always comes up short. After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson.

Goodby to the Nervous Apprehension

is not nearly as depressing as it sounds.


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By Michael Bernard Loggins

hardcover, 6"x9", illustrated
From the publisher: 

Have you ever felt terrifical? Has something recently tasted zincky? Maybe you live in troublemakerhood... Author Michael Bernard Loggins gives new meaning to familiar feelings in Imaginationally, an illustrated dictionary of the words he created to describe his daily experiences and thoughts.

From associalize (enjoying the company of other people) to zincky (when food is spoiled and nasty to eat), customized words are handwritten in alphabetical order with Loggins's own definitions, examples of how you would use them in a sentence, and hand-drawn illustrations. It's a totally original lexicon of funable and laughterful terms that you just might find yourself using soon.

Author Michael Bernard Loggins has written & illustrated two books. Fears of Your Life has been featured on NPR's This American Life, excerpted in Harper's magazine, and turned into a multimedia dance performance choreographed by Kim Epifano and performed by AXIS Dance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He lives in San Francisco.


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A is for Zebra

By Sean Tejaratchi

In 2005 we starting publishing Crap Hound for our pal, Sean Tejaratchi. Sean made a beautiful set of Crap Hound-esque alphabet prints for us, and we're turning them into a book!  A is for Zebra is an all-ages* alphabet, activity, and art book, intended for lovers of graphic design, typography, alphabets, word play, and vintage commercial art. Each page features a single brightly colored letter of the alphabet surrounded by dozens of (mostly) vintage black and white illustrations depicting words that begin with that letter. From obvious to obscure, there's fun for the whole family in identifying the images! Answers are included in the back of the book. 

*May be considered slightly subversive/borderline inappropriate for children if you don't want them to learn words like "ashtray" and "urinal".

In case you missed it, here's our Kickstarter project where you can view a video and numerous images from the book.

Custom prints are available here.


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Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You Are Making The Biggest Mistake Of Your Life

By Zach

pp. 120, 7"x4.25", perfect bound

There's probably been a point in your life where you questioned your actions, wished you could skip ahead pages to immediately view the consequences, or choose the most fiery way out. Really, is deciding to kiss the worst person in the world for you really so different from choosing to make a crash landing into an alien jungle below? After all, a relationship and a Choose Your Own Adventure novel are really just a series of quick but ultimately blind judgement calls leading to your salvation or destruction. Through the medium of Choose Your Own Adventure, Love lets you, a starfighter pilot of the Galactic Space Force navigate a romance with a young woman and your struggles to cope with her alcoholism. Only with the right choices will you be able to save your relationship and discover the secret of the Ant Warriors!


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Make Your Place

By Raleigh Briggs

124 pps., 7"x5", perfect bound

Make Your Place is a small but comprehensive guide to crafting a sustainable domestic life. Raleigh Briggs brings a lavender and baking soda breath of fresh air into home improvement with her D.I.Y ethics and commitment to affordability and creativity. From the medicine cabinet to the garden, charmingly illustrated tutorials break down homemaking skills into accessible lessons with infinite possibilities, all for little or no money or special equipment. Herbal first aid, all natural cleaners, gardening, and personal care products are all covered with variations and tips. Love yourself, love your home!


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One More For The People

By Martha Grover

pp. 218, 8.5"x5.5", perfect bound. letterpress cover

One More for the People collects 8 years of Martha Grover's zine Somnambulist. Intimate, frank, and hilarious, Grover's voice is blessed with a keen perception. From her everyday work world behind the cheese counter to her sudden onset of Cushing's Disease and it's attenuate hospital stays and family meetings, to childhood stories of wrestling her 6 brothers and sisters for limited resources, Grover never looses the reader in self pity, but rather waves them in and hands them a beer. 


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Rad Dad: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Fatherhood

By Tomas Moniz

200 pp, 8x5, perfect bound

With grace, honesty, and strength, Rad Dad's writers tackle all the issues that other parenting guides are afraid to touch: the brutalities, beauties, and politics of the birth experience; the challenges of parenting on an equal basis with mothers; the tests faced by gay and transgendered fathers;and parental confrontations with war, violence, racism, and incarceration. Rad Dad is for every father out in the real world trying to parent in ways that are loving, meaningful, authentic and ultimately revolutionary


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