Discourse on Metaphysics


“Bob — If you wish to do philosophy in the grand style, Leibniz is your man.”

A little light reading for the new year – we spotted this message in a great batch of vintage philosophy books that just arrived!

Discourse on Metaphysics by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is $9.50 and can be found in our Western Philosophy section.


Vintage Book Set: Time Reading Program (Fiction)

Time Reading Program

Yesterday I posted about the nonfiction set of vintage Time Reading Program book sale club books we now have in stock. Today I’m sharing photos of the beautiful fiction set we’ve gathered!

Time Reading Program

Below is an example of the stunning wraparound cover art commissioned specifically for each book from a variety of contemporary artists of the 1960s. It’s the work of Jacob Landau featured on The Screwtape Letters.

Time Reading Program

This is a 9-volume set in great condition for $24.00.


Vintage Book Set: Time Reading Program (Nonfiction)

Time Reading Program

New this week are a couple sets of beautifully designed vintage books from the Time Reading Program!

From the Wikipedia page:

The Time Reading Program (TRP), was a book sales club run by Time–Life, the publisher of Time magazine, from 1962 through 1966. Time was known for its magazines, and nonfiction book series’ published under the Time-Life imprint, while the TRP books were reprints of an eclectic set of literature, both classic and contemporary, as well as nonfiction works and topics in history.

What I find really spectacular about these books is the unique wraparound cover art for each one. A diverse group of contemporary artists of the time were commissioned to create works specifically for these editions and a bunch of the resulting covers won design awards.


We were able to gather an 8-volume set of nonfiction works from the Time Reading Program and it’s currently available for $24.00 (photos above are of this nonfiction set).

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing photos of the fiction set we’ve gathered as well!


Edit: here is the fiction set!


New Arrival: How to Sharpen Pencils

How to Sharpen Pencils

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening by David Rees has arrived.

“Looking back, I cannot believe that I spent so many years of my life mechanically sharpening my own pencils with pencil sharpeners. Truly, my life before I was presented with correctly sharpened pencils by an artisan was a dull and ill-sharpened void. Learn from my mistakes.”

–NEIL GAIMAN, writer (excerpt from the Customer Testimonials section of the book)

Our price is $7.00. Find it in our Humor section.

Staff Recommendation: Ender’s Game

Staff Recommendation - Ender's Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

This enduringly popular 1985 science fiction novel is considered an influential must-read classic in the genre. It’s suitable for young readers as well as adults. It was adapted into a movie in 2013.

If you enjoy(ed) this book, the second novel in this series, Speaker for the Dead, is also well-loved (though Ender’s Game works just fine as a stand-alone story).


Novels of THINGS


Novels about THINGS

The Why of Things by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop – $7.50
The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields – $7.50
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman – $8.00
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – $8.40

All of these novels are categorized in our General Fiction.

New Arrivals: Aqua Blue


We’ve noticed a trend of lovely aqua blue cover designs on novels in our new arrivals/bestsellers display lately!

Aqua Blue Novels

The Rocks by Peter Nichols – $13.95
The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez – $7.50
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – $8.00
Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne – $9.45

All of these novels are categorized in our General Fiction.