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Have you ever dreamed of owning your own book store?

The Book Shop & Gifty Things Vintage is for sale! Please call Josh Grode Wolters at 605-275-6464 or email J.GrodeWolters@MurphyBusiness.com for information.

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Vintage Paperback: Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

B. Traven Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

This collectible vintage 1961 paperback of Stories by the Man Nobody Knows: Nine Tales by B. Traven is currently in stock. B. Traven is a pen name and to this day, he remains the man nobody knows. From the lengthy Wikipedia page:

B. Traven (Bruno Traven in some accounts) was the pen name of a presumably German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. One of the few certainties about Traven’s life is that he lived for years in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted for the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 1948.

Virtually every detail of Traven’s life has been disputed and hotly debated. There were many hypotheses on the true identity of B. Traven, some of them wildly fantastic.

A couple of my favorite “wildly fantastic” theories on B. Traven’s identity:

B. Traven was the American writer Jack London, who faked his death and then moved to Mexico and continued writing his books;

B. Traven was the pseudonym of the American writer Ambrose Bierce, who went to Mexico in 1913 to take part in the Mexican Revolution where he disappeared without a trace.

…And these aren’t even the most hard-to-believe ideas that have appeared since the mid 1920s on this mysterious writer’s identity!

This paperback is in very good condition. Find it in our Rare/Collectible section – our price is $25.00.

–Sharon

Jack Webb Books

Among our recent arrivals are several books on and by the actor, producer, and screenwriter Jack Webb. Webb is best known for his role as Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet, and he’s also the creator of Dragnet.

The Badge: True and terrifying crime stories that could not be presented on TV by Jack Webb (vintage 1959) – $5.00

Just the Facts Ma’am: The Authorized Biography of Jack Webb by Daniel Moyer & Eugene Alvarez – $8.95

My Name’s Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb by Michael J. Hayde – $9.50

 

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!

From So Simple A Beginning

From So Simple A Beginning

A collectible hardcover edition of From So Simple A Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin, introduction by Edward O. Wilson, is now in stock. It comes in a nice slipcase and is in beautiful condition!

From So Simple A Beginning

Our price is $18.50. Find it in our science section or shop it online!

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

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.