Shoppe ~ Books

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

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(21-27 of 27 items)

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Down and Out on a Yacht

By Delphine Bedient

66 pp., 4"x7", perfect bound

Delphine Bedient is a Portland-based writer and maker who has been publishing small books and zines for years. Down and Out on a Yacht is her first book of short fiction. We love Two Plum Press for its simple letterpress dust-jackets and slim volumes, and Bedient's simple yet astute prose reflects its physical form beautifully. 


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I Stayed Up Listening

By Michelle Overby

70 pp., 4.25"x7.25", perfect bound

Michelle Overby has been keeping a daily poetry blog for some time now. Overby's poems, read aloud or scanned alone, have a way of settling into the brain like a striking photograph or an elegant design. We love this collection for the stark and simple letterpress dust jacket, which perfectly complements the raw elegance of the poetry inside.


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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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Money's Nothing

By Lisa Carver

130 pp., 6"x9", perfect bound

Lisa Carver is a great storyteller and perceptive thinker who is known for her zine Rollerderby. Money's Nothing is the dialogue about society's complex and twisted relationship with money that we don't have often enough, despite its prevalence in our lives. You'll devour this book in the matter of days but its message will linger. You'll find yourself questioning and re-evaluating the way you see money and its role in your life.


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Tell it Like it Tiz!

154 pp., 7"x8.5", perfect bound

Tell It Like It Tiz! is a zine by and about the senior citizens of Portland's Marie Smith Center, as told by zinesters Nicole J. Georges (Invincible Summer) and Marc Parker (Zinethug). Nicole and Marc started volunteering at the Marie Smith Adult Day Center in 2006, hosting a Zine Group for participants ages 55-105. They published their interviews, drawings, and collected notes in a zine called Tell It Like It Tiz! This book compiles the best of their three out-of-print issues with sixty pages of new material. Tell it Like it Tiz! shares the voices and histories of the Marie Smith Center's clients, and re-evaluates how we connect with our community's elders. Inside you'll find advice, biographies, dating tips, life lessons, artwork, comics, travelogues, photos, and frank discussions.

Pair Tell it Like it Tiz! with Invincible Summer #23/Clutch #26, because chances are that one you've had a taste of Nicole Georges' zines you'll be wanting more.


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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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Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories — SIGNED

By MariNaomi

382 pp., 9"x6", perfect bound

In this collection of raw, emotionally honest stories, MariNaomi explores a wide range of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, disillusionment, and compassion. Many of these stories were first serialized on the popular site the Rumpus. These poignant stories, some filled with hope, others tinged with remorse, are sure to appeal to even the most discerning reader.

"In Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories, MariNaomi weaves a crazy-quilt of despair, hope, lost loves, new beginnings , horrible regrets, hilarious memories, and above all else, survival. Her beautiful, spare line imparts the greatest emotional impact, creating a delicate storytelling rhythm built on restraint, subtlety and total vulnerability. Her short autobiographical anecdotes create a gestalt of a person who has lived and viewed life with a curious intellect and her heart on her sleeve."—Rob Clough, The Comics Journal


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