Shoppe ~ Books

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

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One More For The People

By Martha Grover

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

One More for the People collects eight 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, hospital stays and family meetings, to childhood stories of wrestling her six brothers and sisters for limited resources, Grover never loses the reader in self pity but rather waves them in and hands them a beer. 

$16.00

 
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Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension

By Michael Heald

190 pp., 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. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as it sounds.

$10.00

 
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Sorrow Arrow

By Emily Kendal Frey

perfect bound, 92 pages
Sorrow Arrow is a collection of poetic fragments that reads as one long poem. 

"Wily, witty, and weird, often haunting, sometimes heartbreaking, [Frey's] poems... dive deep for all their individual brevity." --Dana Levin, judge of 2012 Norma Farber Book Awards

Emily Kendal Frey was awarded the Norma Farber Book Award in 2012 from the Poetry Society of America for The Grief Performance, and is the author of many chapbooks and chapbook collaborations.

$12.00

 
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A is for Zebra

By Sean Tejaratchi

36 pp., 12"x15", stitched binding

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.

$16.00

 
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Witchita Stories

By Troy James Weaver

198 pp., 5.5"x8.5", perfect bound

The short vignette-style tales in Troy James Weaver's literary debut combine to make an evocative brew of small town melancholy, working class gloom, and coming of age charm. Told through the eyes of a young man who yearns to find excitement, truth, and a deeper family bond in his life, Weaver's approachable and revealing stories, lists, fragments, and memories delve into the weird, funny, and sometimes unsettling world of a midwest kid finding his own path. One only has to remember their own childhood to understand what Weaver is trying to tell us. 


"These are true stories that don't have that self-aware sheen that most essays or memoirs have, and that gives nakedness them a surprising, more instinctive vibe. These are snapshots that combine humor, pathos, and pain." -Kevin Sampsell

$12.00

 
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Get It While You Can

By Nick Jaina

208 pp., 5.5"x8.5", perfect bound

When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he's pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he's released or tours he's led, he still can't shake the feeling that he has failed at life. So the critically acclaimed, endlessly heartbroken singer-songwriter checks himself into a ten-day silent retreat. As those silent days unfold, Jaina attempts to rewire his own brain in a burst of unpredictable digressions and unsent love letters, musings on the miracles of science and the fallen heroes of popular music.

Get It While You Can is an honest, funny, and thought-provoking journey through Nick Jaina's life as he struggles to accept the course that it has taken. Heartbreak has never been such a compelling read. 

$10.00

 
Intelligent Sentient? — SIGNED cover

Intelligent Sentient? — SIGNED

By Luke Ramsey

64 pp., 10.9"x8", hardcover

Intelligent Sentient? is a series of illustrations that are tied together not in narrative but in a progressing theme, the takeaway being that everything is connected. Ramsey's images take us from the organic to the man-made, from the distant past to the conceivable future. The drawings contain the fine detail of a watchmaker and the visual scope of a social reform muralist. This book is meant to be read forward and backward and returned to and treated like a mystical text. 

$13.77

 
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Illuminating the Stars Coloring Book

By Alicia Justus

9"x12", 36-pages, cover color, b/w interiors,

Illuminating the Stars features 33 beautifully drawn portraits of famous and forgotten stars of early Hollywood. Alicia Justus is a self-taught artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. In addition to creating the exquisite pen & ink drawings collected in this volume, Alicia also paints, sews, beads, sculpts, and self-publishes! We've been proudly showing her work and peddling her wares at Reading Frenzy for over a decade and we figure it's high time we share her with the rest of the world!

Alicia's artwork hearkens back to other eras from the gilded age to the great depression. For the past three years Alicia and her boyfriend, Jacob Balcom, have been hosting Record/Coloring nights at local lounges, inviting friends and fans to to while away the evening sipping cocktails and coloring pretty pictures of mostly early golden era Hollywood film stars (especially those with sordid pasts and/or tragic deaths).

Featuring:

  • Buster Keaton
  • Olive Borden
  • Florence Lawrence
  • Larry Semon
  • John Gilbert
  • Mary Pickford
  • Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle
  • Mabel Normand
  • Nina Mae McKinney
  • Lya De Putti
  • Martha Mansfield
  • Lon Chaney
  • Anna May Wong
  • Mary Nolan
  • Lou Tellegen
  • The Dollie sisters: Rosie & Jenny
  • Karl Dane
  • Jeanne Eagles
  • Louise Brooks
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Lottie Pickford
  • Jack Pickford
  • Alma Rubens
  • Bella Lugosi 
  • Thelma Todd 
  • Ramon Novarro 
  • Mayo Methot
  • Tom Mix
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • Natacha Rambova
  • Juanita Hansen
  • Myrtle Gonzalez
  • Russ Columbo
  • Clara Bow

$12.00

 
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The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Signed)

By Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky

316 pp., 6.5"x10", hardcover

Sociology doctoral student Gould-Wartofsky debuts with an inside look at the “new, new Left” that emerged when fewer than 2,000 people seized New York City’s Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, in 2011, sparking similar protest rallies against the wealthiest “1 Percent” in some 1,500 towns and cities. As a participant observer from the very earliest days of the movement, Gould-Wartofsky blends writing styles and perspectives as he deepens what we know about social movements in general. He maps the various tactics, factions, and motivations that drove the movement, but also what it felt like to be in Zuccotti Park.

$29.95

 
Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon (Signed) cover

Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon (Signed)

By Lisa Congdon

106 pp., 7.5"x7.5", full color, hardcover

A treasure trove of inspiring quotations in the tradition of the bestselling Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this new volume from beloved author and artist Lisa Congdon gathers rousing wisdom from history's great minds on how to be bold, stay strong, and take courage. Congdon lends her signature style of brilliant hand lettering to sage advice on such subjects as perseverance ("If you fell down yesterday, stand up today"—H.G. Wells), authenticity ("What should I be but just what I am?"—Edna St. Vincent Millay), and confronting fear ("Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"—James Baldwin). Filled with uplifting reminders to seize the day, Fortune Favors the Brave demonstrates that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift. Pairs well with Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon.

$14.95

 
 
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