Shoppe ~ Books

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

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Rebel Bookseller: How To Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains cover

Rebel Bookseller: How To Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains

320 pp., 5"x8", perfect bound

Renowned bookseller Andrew Laties offers a radical and creative new paradigm for independent booksellers on all sides of the cash register, written to inspire a revival of community bookselling. In his 20 years of revolutionary retail, Latie's ideas were adapted by Barnes & Noble, Zany Brainy and scores of independents. Rebel Bookseller challenges today's bookstore workers to improvise the wildly imaginative indie bookstores of tomorrow, and includes a behind-the-scenes history of the book industry, humorous anecdotes and bittersweet lessons, ten interlacing Rants, and three Rough Rules of Rebel Bookselling Blending adventurous memoir, satire and sharp-tongued jibe, the author dares the chains to sell this revolutionary book.


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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. 


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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.


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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


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. 


The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory --SIGNED  cover

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory --SIGNED

By Stacy Wakefield

228 pp., 7.5"x5", perfect bound

Wakefield spent years living in squatted buildings in Europe and New York and brings firsthand knowledge to Sid's story: how urban homesteaders lived without plumbing or electricity, how they managed their semi-legal status, and what they cared about and fought for. With Sid, Wakefield has created a character who belongs to that world and is also entirely relatable. Sid shows us that society's toughest and most ingenious members might be hiding on the edges, just out of sight. Sid is a resourceful, intrepid young woman with a wry sense of humor; she's great company on our journey into the lost world of New York City's recent past. 


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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).


  • 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


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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.


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.


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Sadie, Wolf, and Friends

By Lisa Carver

160 pp., 5"x8", perfect bound

Sadie, Wolf, and Friends is a collection of conversations between Lisa Carver and her children. Wolf is a very sweet, Christian, mystical, mentally ill artist who loves rocks and sheep and being faithful. Sadie is a spitfire cheerleader wealth-plotting preteen who loves math because there's only right or wrong and hates social studies because it's an excuse for other students to say their opinions forever pretending it's a question. Both Wolf and Sadie are pretty hilarious. Appearances are made by guest stars like Neighbor Girl, Babysat Guy, and the football player. It's an unusual book because it's a peek directly into the minds of a mentally ill young man and variously aged children; it does not try to guide or change or fix or civilize any of their ideas. Instead their mother interact with them in a Socratic method with respect and humor. No subject is taboo.


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