Vintage Carnegie Classics

Vintage Dale Carnegie

We see Dale Carnegie‘s perennially popular self-improvement books come and go here all the time, but it’s a bit more unusual to see the vintage paperbacks in such nice condition! How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job are $5.00 each, while they last.

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 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.


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: Vintage Owls Wall Hanging

Owl Carpet Wall Hanging

We’ve added a unique new vintage piece to our owl collection this week: a large carpet and burlap wall hanging. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before – the owls even have adorable googly eyes!

It measures about 46 inches from the hanging loop at the top to the yarn tassel at the bottom. Our price is $21.00.

More 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!

Shop our online store for owls here.

Vintage Paperbacks: Aldous Huxley

Vintage Huxley

For all you fellow vintage paperback lovers out there, here’s something we don’t see every day: Huxley from the 1950s. Just look at those cover designs! These are all Bantam printings:

Crome Yellow (1959 printing, first published in 1921, Huxley’s first novel) – $5.00
Ape and Essence (1958 printing, first published in 1948) – $5.00
Brave New World (1955 printing, first published in 1932) – $5.00

Browse Aldous Huxley in our online store here.

Nineties Nostalgia: Goosebumps


If you were of a certain age during the 90s, this cover art and the Goosebumps logo are probably as instantly recognizable and familiar to you as they are to me! All R.L. Stine ended up banned from book reports at my school because it was the only series we were reading at the height of its popularity (mid 90s?).

It’s so much fun to page through these again, especially right before Halloween! As of today, we have #1 through #4 and #6 in stock. Our price is $3.00 each.