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

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(1-11 of 15 items)

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Bellies and Buffalos

By Tomas Moniz

Paperback. 132 Pgs
From the Publisher

"At thirty-five, Sonny Gutierrez lives a comfortable life in San Jose, California with his wife and young daughter. When he discovers a long lost son, Sonny finds himself on a cross-country road trip with a 20-year-old pregnant woman, robbing a Git-N-Go store, and running with a herd of buffalo. Bellies and Buffalos is a story about letting go, getting lost, and returning home."


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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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By Adam Gnade

From the Publisher:

Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant. 

Gnade covers a lot of ground: sex and pervasive loneliness in teenage bedrooms, life-shaping horror in the Vietnam jungle, birth, school, work, marriage, depression, crime, murder, mood-flushed road trips crossing the continent, exile (whether on Mexican rooftop or country estate), and living rooms smoky with the sad and oft-times devastating absurdity of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." Equally influenced by Joan Didion's West Coast storytelling, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, and James Joyce's early examinations of place, Gnade's Caveworld is an epic, sprawling saga of American life.


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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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The End Of Eve

By Ariel Gore


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God is Disappointed in You

By Mark Russel

From the Publisher:

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy, and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. 

Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. 

Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.


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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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I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac

By Jamie Iredell

200 pages
From Publisher: 

"After two full-length collections of fiction that mixed his irreverent treatment of form and gritty real-life candor (The Book of Freaks, Prose. Poems. A Novel.), Jamie Iredell delivers an assured and honest collection of personal essays. I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac reveals a writer who takes on his (literal) highs and (existential) lows with the unembellished voice of an anthropologist. Erudite, funny, and fearless, Iredell dives into subjects like drugs, alcoholism, body image, racism, feminism, and religion, and shines a light on some of the darkest moments of life. The essays are personal, confessional, and ultimately full of hope."


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In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist

By Pete Jordan

paperback, 448 pgs.

Pete Jordan, author of the wildly popular Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, is back with a memoir that tells the story of his love affair with Amsterdam, the city of bikes, all the while unfolding an unknown history of the city's cycling, from the craze of the 1890s, through the Nazi occupation, to the bike-centric culture adored by the world today.

Pete never planned to stay long in Amsterdam, just a semester. But he quickly falls in love with the city and soon his wife, Amy Joy, joins him. Together they explore every inch of their new home on two wheels, their rides a respite from the struggles that come with starting a new life in a new country. 

Weaving together personal anecdotes and details of the role that cycling has played throughout Dutch history, Pete Jordan's In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist is a poignant and entertaining read.


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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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