We’re really into NYRBs.
Is there an award for best bookstore staff recommendation? Because Green Apple Books would take it year after year.
Here’s a close-up of their Moravagine recommendation and it is a sight to behold.
Notes from NYRB Classics
Small press shrine part deux: we pay homage to NYRB Classics. See those dangling pieces of paper? Those are staff recommendations. But don’t take our word for it:
And thanks to 57th Street Books/Seminary Co-op for being such crazy good places to come in from the Chicago cold and discover wonderful things to read.
Courtesy of Jason Diamond over at Flavorwire.
Nathan Gelgud’s entry in Powell’s tote bag competition has made it to the finals. Vote for it here. It’s on the theme of serendipity in the bookstore and features Richard Hughes’s High Wind in Jamaica and Georges Simenon’s Strangers in the House among other discoveries.
One of the best feelings a reader can get at Powell’s is the feeling that somewhere on the shelves is your new favorite book. This is a personal design, done in a quick sketch kind of style that I hope captures the excitement of that feeling, of some authors and books I’ve discovered, almost by accident, just by browsing.
A trip to Seattle last week led me to Elliot Bay Books, in the Capital Hill neighborhood. After having some coffee at Odd Fellows Cafe, it was time to go book shopping …
"Unmoored and adrift after his movie star wife leaves him, the once promising poet Jamie Mangan travels to Ireland to find his roots and, he hopes, himself. On the trail of a dead Irish poet who may be his great grandfather (and also his doppelganger), he meets more family than he bargained for… . Moore renders both the ugly and the beautiful with lyrical ease, and the narrtive burns with pitch-perfect suspense — sublime and terrifying in its depths."
Employee review by Casey O.
Finally - - back in print again. An extraordinary book about the collision of culture, the cusp of adulthood and the mystical land of Australia.”
Employee review by Tracy.
"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what one of our staff members thought when browsing through the wonderful shelves at St. George’s New & Second-Hand English Bookstore in Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood in Berlin. Not only did they have shelves and shelves of our books—there many other NYRB Classic titles alphabetically scattered around the store—but the owner busily working at the register had some suggestions for titles and was excited about the upcoming Erich Kästner title, Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist. If you’re an English reader and in Berlin, this store is a must.
“A poet friend of mine explained my predicament rather vaguely by saying that ‘I was trying to find myself’. He may have been right. But if so, who is this self? Where shall I discover him amongst the many who cross my path, and by what sign shall he be known to me?”
We were wondering … Where do you buy (or borrow) your NYRB Classics? And does that shop/store/library/aquarium have a Tumblr blog we should be following?
The sharp-eyed Harmless Balderdash has noted that the photographs we posted yesterday were falsely reported as being of Dog Eared Books when they were in fact taken of the all-new (and not yet officially opened) shop Alley Cat Books. What isn’t up for dispute is that both shops have the same owner and that they each have a dedicated NYRB Classics section. Hurray!
Here is a photo of the outside of the new store, via Uptown Almanac—which also has some interior shots & information about the store:
Our West Coast Spy Network has sent us a couple photographs of a very special shelf in a very special bookstore*:
Dog Eared Books Alley Cat Books in the Mission District of San Francisco. How special is this place? In the shop’s own words, “at Dog Eared you’ll find anarchist magazines next to Vanity Fair, Nina Simone cds next to Joy Division and Michelle Tea poetry next to Chaucer.” So without further ado, some shots of theNYRB Classics shelf. As the sign says,
"Life is too short to spend without ★NYRB★”
It looks like the store may not have enough copies of Stoner in stock on that lower shelf to last through the holidays. You know that we have plenty of copies in the warehouse, right? What’s stopping you from ordering more?!
The store also appears to have an NYRB book group called NYRB Salon. It next meets on December 4th, when the book up for discussion is Elaine Dundy’s Dud Avocado. UPDATE: also under discussion is Handke’s Sorrow Beyond Dreams.
*Sentence written under the influence of Something for Christmas.
“Since the economic crisis in 2008, St. Mark’s Bookshop’s profits have slumped dramatically. Word that the iconic bookstore is facing closure prompted more than 40,000 people to sign a petition to save it.”
Good idea. We’re going to order some books on our wishlist from them today. St. Marks has been a supporter of NYRB Classics from the beginning, always ordering our books and displaying them prominently. Without shops like this, we wouldn’t exist, and we’re happy to return the favor.
If they only need $60,000, why don’t we each give them a buck fifty and be done with it?