What Broken Windows? --UPDATE
Because our windows will be replaced on Thursday, Jan. 21 we will be closed until mid-afternoon. Please call or follow us online to find out when we will reopen. We might even post progress photos...
The quote by Jane Addams reads, "What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them?"Langston came to the bookstore on a Monday afternoon to ask about transforming our boarded-up storefront into a canvas. He had already noticed the spot and had sketched an idea of what he wanted to create there. I called Langston, he sent me the sketch, and minutes later he was at work, a line of spray cans at his feet. Immediately it was art, and a couple of hours later it was finished.I explained to Langston that the boards would be up for only a few weeks at most. He didn't care - making the art was the whole point. He draws every day and has since childhood and this canvas caught his eye.
Langston Allston's inspired mural will be gone but not for long -- it will be auctioned at 40 North|88 West's annual fundraiser, UNTITLED, on Feb. 27. We hope to see many of you there!
New Used Books
(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
December was a busy month with the holidays and our window problems (see above). We continue to add books daily to our inventory and have almost 50,000 in-stock items inventoried. We added close to 1800 titles in December even with how busy the store became.
All of our inventoried titles are available to search and order on our website but if you don't see what you are looking for send us an email! We will see if we have anything in the store not yet inventoried or we will send you options for ordering titles.
Dr. Len Fisher has written an exceedingly lively and entertaining book on the science of everyday life. Following the routine of a normal day, Fisher shows how the seemingly mundane can provide insight into the most profound scientific questions. He explores the art and science of dunking, how to boil the perfect egg, how to tally a supermarket bill, the science behind hand tools, the secrets of haute cuisine, catching a ball and throwing a boomerang, bath (or beer) foam, the physics of sex and much more. With wit and aplomb, How to Dunk a Doughnut uses easy-to-digest concepts and a sense of humor to show nonscientists what science is really all about.
Hunter S. Thompson Books
Since his 1972 trailblazing opus, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter S. Thompson has reported the election story in his truly inimitable, just-short-of-libel style. In Better than Sex, Thompson hits the dusty trail again--without leaving home--yet manages to deliver a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential campaign--in all of its horror, sacrifice, lust, and dubious glory. Complete with faxes sent to and received by candidate Clinton's top aides, and 100 percent pure gonzo screeds on Richard Nixon, George Bush, and Oliver North, here is the most true-blue campaign tell-all ever penned by man or beast.
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman
The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist's "coverage" of a news event that ends up being a wild ride to the dark side of Americana. Originally published in 1983, Curse features all of the zany, hallucinogenic wordplay and feral artwork for which the Hunter S. Thompson/Ralph Steadman duo became known and loved.
Each week Inside the Actors Studio takes the unique insights and intimate revelations of its celebrated guests into 84 million homes on the Bravo network and 125 countries. Now, with Inside Inside, James Lipton, the 2007 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Emmy, is handing every one of us a backstage pass.
You will witness in unprecedented close-up the wit, wisdom and candor of a galaxy of stars, from Paul Newman to Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese, Sharon Stone and many, many more, and marvel at the comic inventions of Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle - and Will Ferrell as James Lipton on the Inside stage.
With the same candor he demands of his guests, James Lipton reveals a life that began under the tutelage of a poet, his father, and a teacher, his mother; continued in the orbit of three theatrical giants, Stella Adler, Harold Clurman and Robert Lewis; and, as writer and producer, took him to the White House with two presidents, the Great Wall of China with Bob Hope, and a wild flight at the controls of an Alaskan bush plane, on his journey to Inside the Actors Studio.
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with the relaunch of Batman, part of DC Comics-The New 52!
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? Collects issues #1-7 of Batman.
Linda Everett, Randy Garbin & Teri Dunn
Jump back through time to an era when sitting at the counter in your neighborhood diner was sure to bring hearty made-from-scratch food, friendly service, and an atmosphere all its own. Those sleek stainless steel eateries can still be found with lines of faithful and appreciative customers waiting to scoot into a red leather booth and sink their appetites into true American comfort food. The waitress may holler out your order in slang only a diner-phile may understand, but if you're a regular she probably remembers your name. Look! Here's that slice of Mile-High Meringue Pie to top off your meal! The first luscious mouthful will take you away to where Elvis is on the nickel jukebox and friends walk in the door. Featuring a fun, colorful journey through diner history, Retro Diner offers over 115 of the best comfort food recipes from the American roadside, including Blue Moon Diner's Patty Melt, Steeltown Meatloaf, Dixie Diner's Blueberry Pancakes, and Peach Cobbler from Jake's.
Here with another heaping serving of diner favoritesMore Retro Diner: A Second Helping of Roadside Recipesis the blue plate sequel you've been waiting for! From the roadsides of American highways and Main Streets, this follow-up to the best-selling Retro Diner celebrates the vinyl booths, bar stools, milkshakes, french fries, and meatloaves of classic diner-style food.
Taken straight from the coffee-stained menus and well-used white boards of diners across the country, you'll find recipes for food that is easy on the tummy and light on the wallet. Whether you re looking to recreate that late-night special in your own kitchen or enjoy the memories and nostalgia of diner culture, More Retro Diner has you covered.
Filled with vintage photographs, graphics, signs, and colorful food, Randy Garbin and Teri Dunn have compiled even more diner staples like burgers, potatoes, sundaes, and breakfast combos.
Wellcome Trust (Editor)
War and Medicine seeks to understand the complex relationship between medical advances and armed conflict. As nations have developed increasingly sophisticated weaponry with which to harm their enemies, medicine has had to adapt to cope with the volume and changing nature of the resulting casualties. Many of the lessons learned in wartime have prompted advances in medicine and in social policy away from the battlefield. However, arguments about whether the relationship between war and medicine serves to further the progress of medical research or to hinder its proper evolution are far from settled. This volume brings together enquiries from all aspects of human culture in a fascinating contribution to this continuing debate.War and Medicine draws on formal investigation but also on the personal testimonies of surgeons, soldiers, civilians, nurses, writers and artists to address the moral, ethical and philosophical dilemmas faced by those charged with the administration of medicine in times of war.
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I had a wonderful holiday season. I saw a lot of my family and friends and enjoyed a lot of attention. I am excited for the snow and getting to play in it. Mommy is reading me many stories about snow and the seasons but her favorite is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. She says watching me learn, discover, and play with snow is a lot of fun.
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