Shoppe ~ Books

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

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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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25 Lives

By Lisa Carver

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

One of the most poignant books of 2015. 25 Lives is a collection of 25 mini-memoirs, culled from Lisa Carter's interviews with, in her words, "the most unusual people I could find to talk to." The result is 25 addictively digestible stories that unite readers with strangers they would likely never face otherwise.


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The Folly of Loving Life

By Monica Drake

260 pp., 5.5"x8.5", paperback

Following her acclaimed novels Clown Girl and The Stud Book, Monica Drake presents her long-awaited first collection of stories. The Folly of Loving Life features linked stories examining an array of characters at their most vulnerable and human, often escaping to somewhere or trying to find stability in their own place. These stories display the best of what we love about Monica’s writing–the sly laugh-out-loud humor, the sharp observations, the flawed but strong characters, and the shadowy Van Sant-ish Portland settings.


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The Jaywalker

By Lisa Carver

72 pp., 5.5"x8.5"

"The Jaywalker is a compendium of darker than dark jokes, parallel worlds, hallucinogenic nursery rhymes, tragic sex, moments of true life pathos and afterlife perversions vividly illustrated by Dame Darcy. We don't know where we are yet can't stop reading. The way these strobe light stories connect and disconnect is a perfect kind of literary black magic."
— Jacob Wren, Polyamorous Love Songs

"Lisa Carver is a poet, animal, goddess, ruler, a river of joy; The Jaywalker is gory, enchanting, otherworldly, vaudeville. I love that she's experimenting with form here. Her wild style inspires me to be a better writer."
— Jill Soloway, Transparent


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The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine

By Janine Vangool

336 pp., 9"x11", full color, hard cover

A richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a beautiful ode to an all-but-obsolete creative companion. Through vintage ephemera, readers discover the history of not only the machine, but the progression of society through very interesting times. From the industrial revolution to women entering the workforce, from one World War to another, from the home to the office, from collegiate life to Hollywood and pop culture. 


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By Sara Jaffe

240 pages, paperback.

From local author Sara Jaffe comes a fictional story of Julie who moves through her days in a series of negatives: the skaters she doesn’t think are cute, the Guatemalan backpack she doesn’t buy at the craft fair, the umbrella she refuses to carry despite the incessant rain. Her family life is routine and restrained, and no one talks about Julie’s older brother, a one-time Olympic hopeful swimmer who now lives in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Julie has never considered swimming herself, until Alexis, the swim team captain, tries to recruit her. Such an engaging read! 


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Swarm Theory

By Christine Rice

372 pages, paperback.

It was a time of hippies, heroin, and All in the Family. It was a time, in the small town of New Canaan-a fictional town in mid-Michigan-when developers gobbled up farmland and spit out subdivisions. Against this backdrop, Swarm Theory's interlocking narratives reveal the troubled lives of Astrid (a young woman trying to hold her family together), Caroline (Astrid's best friend who has lost her mother to heroin), Will (a soldier struggling to make sense of life after being discharged from the Marines), and Father Maurice Silver (a priest caring for a young man dying of AIDS). Nothing in New Canaan is quite what it seems. Swarm Theory is a book that reveals life's amazing contradictions-the wonderful and the profane, devotion and infidelity, understanding and revenge-through stories told from different perspectives. These stories investigate what happens when people come together-whether to do admirable or horrific things. Here, intimates and strangers alike can't help but be intertwined; their unpredictable journeys providing a backdrop for characters complex, honorable, and not. Swarm Theory reveals our often misguided, dark, and life-sustaining dependency on each other.


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Soy, Not Oi! Volume 2

312 pages, paperback.

Cast off the chains of corporate food dependency! Twenty-five years after the publication of the original Soy Not Oi, the Hippycore Krew returns with a second volume featuring a worldwide cast of contributors! The new Soy Not Oi is filled with over 200 original vegan recipes, and suggested musical accompaniments. Plus: essays and articles about the origins of Soy Not Oi and living la vida loca - vegan style; a whole chapter on craft beer brewing; inside ribbings, zaniness, vegetables gone mad, and all the rest you would expect.


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Decolonize Your Diet

By Luz Calvo

256 pages, paperback, color photos.

More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by "traditional" Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Authors Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are life partners; when Luz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, they both radically changed their diets and began seeking out recipes featuring healthy, vegetarian Mexican foods. They promote a diet that is rich in plants indigenous to the Americas (corn, beans, squash, greens, herbs, and seeds), and are passionate about the idea that Latinxs in America, specifically Mexicans, need to ditch the fast food and return to their own culture's food roots for both physical health and spiritual fulfillment.


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The Funeral Papers

By Josh Gross

218 pages, paperback.

The Funeral Papers explores the estranged relationship between Josh and his father, Arnie. The memoir begins at the funeral of Josh's father where Josh receives a packet of his father's writing, which was chock full of short stories, journalistic pieces, oddball poetry, and more. The memoir moves from Josh's writing to Arnie's and back again. This narrative style gives Josh a unique territory in which to explore reasons for his estranged relationship with his dead father. 


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