Vintage Paperback: Junkie

In stock now is a vintage 1953 paperback of Junkie by William Burroughs.

From the back of the book:

First and foremost among the “Beat Generation” writers is the name of William Burroughs, mentor and friend of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Holmes. Now catching the attention of the literary world with his novel NAKED LUNCH, Burroughs’ most significant work is his unforgettable autobiographical book JUNKIE.

Our price is $10. You can browse our selection of Burroughs and other Beat Generation writers in-store or online.

Vintage Astrology: Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs

Linda Goodman's Sun Signs

Astrologers know that a person born under a given Sun sign – whether he’s a Gemini, a Virgo, or an Aries – has specific traits that make both his desires and his actions predictable. Linda Goodman, the talented young astrologer who has made frequent appearances on the David Susskind television program, has devised an exceptionally lively primer to help everyone understand these fundamentals of astrology.

We have two great vintage copies of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs currently in stock. The hardcover is $8.00 and the paperback is $4.00. Find them on display in our summer hippie boho window!

The New York Times Book of Mathematics

Book of Mathematics

In our recent arrivals this week is The New York Times Book of Mathematics, edited by Gina Kolata. It’s a collection of some of the best math writings from the newspaper’s extensive archives. From the Goodreads description:

From the archives of the world’s most famous newspaper comes a collection of its very best writing on mathematics. Big and informative, “The New York Times Book of Mathematics” gathers more than 110 articles written from 1892 to 2010 that cover statistics, coincidences, chaos theory, famous problems, cryptography, computers, and many other topics. Edited by Pulitzer Prize finalist and senior “Times” writer Gina Kolata, and featuring renowned contributors such as James Gleick, William L. Laurence, Malcolm W. Browne, George Johnson, and John Markoff, it’s a must-have for any math and science enthusiast!

Our price is $9.00.

What If?

What If? by Randall Munroe

New on our shelves this week is a nice fresh hardcover of What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. If you’re not familiar with xkcd, this is a perfect introduction to it! From the book flap:

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, surprising answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?

Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?

What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?

What would happen if someone’s DNA vanished?

If you enjoy exploring the hypothetical in an informative yet entertaining way, xkcd and this book are for you! Our price is $8.40.

–Sharon

Three Things (with tigers)

Life of Pi

  1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel, $7.00
  2. Tiger-striped silk scarf by Oscar de la Renta, $8.50
  3. Beaded stone bracelet in coral, $4.00

Like everything in our shop, these Three Things are secondhand and in like-new condition!

 

New Arrival: Out on the Wire

Out on the Wire

In our new arrivals this week is Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel, a nonfiction graphic novel all about narrative radio. From the back of the book:

Go behind the scenes of today’s most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life and Radiolab, in this graphic narrative.
Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling—one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium.

Our price is $8.50. Find it in our contemporary culture section.

New Arrival: Jay’s Journal of Anomalies

Jay's Journal of Anomalies

This unusual book caught our eyes here this week: Jay’s Journal of Anomalies by Ricky Jay. It’s a bit of a challenge to describe, so here’s an excerpt from the book flap:

For the past four years, the multitalented Ricky Jay (sleight-of-hand artist, author, actor, film consultant, and scholar of the unusual) has published a unique and beautifully designed quarterly called Jay’s Journal of Anomalies. Already a coveted collector’s item, the complete set is gathered here for the first time. A brilliant excursion into the history of bizarre entertainments, the journal covered such subjects as dogs stealing acts from other dogs, an anthropological hoax involving the only survivors of a caste of ancient Aztec priests, and the ultimate diet: ingesting only air.In a delectably deadpan and winning style, Jay conveys his admiration and affection for the offbeat that characterized his bestselling Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. He explains how wags since the sixteenth century have cheated at bowling; he explores the ancient relationship between conjuring and dentistry; and he chronicles the exploits of ceiling walkers and human flies. Crammed full of illustrations drawn from the author’s massive personal archive, Jay’s Journal of Anomalies will baffle, instruct, and, above all, delight.

Jay's Journal of Anomalies

The book is a joy to page through – it’s beautifully designed and packed with bizarre posters and illustrations!

Our price is $14.00.

More Owls!

Owls

We definitely have enough owls gathered here this week to officially call them a parliament – vintage salt-and-pepper shakers, figurines, a napkin holder, wall hangings, and more. Check out what we have in stock soon before I decide to take them all home to live with me!
–Sharon

Shop our online store for owls here.

Soft Gold

The word “Pashmina” has become the description of any large scarf that can be worn as a shawl, regardless of what fabric it’s made of. But a true Pashmina is made of “the finest type of cashmere wool. The textiles made from it were first woven in Kashmir. The name comes from Persian: پشمینه / pašmina, meaning “made from wool” and literally translates to “Soft Gold” in Kashmiri.” (Wikipedia)
The Book Shop and Gifty Things Vintage has three genuine pashminas today. Two are 100% Kashmir and one, the black and gold, below) is 55% kashmir and 45% silk. $30.00 in like new condition.005003