NEW! Home Brewing Section!

Logos has just received a bunch of New Books on brewing beer from Brewers Publication! So many, in fact, that we have created a new section dedicated specifically to brewing.  Come check it out!

Some titles include:

Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow, Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymous, Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff, Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm, Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski, How to Brew by John J. Palmer, New Brewing Lager Beer by Gregory J. Noonan, Pale Ale by Terry Foster, Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher, and Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

Feel free to ask the Logos staff for brewing advice, too! We have quite a few home brewers in our midst!

Weekly Picks: Gift Books

meditationsThis week we bring you a special edition of our weekly picks as a way of highlighting some of the amazing, beautiful pocket sized books we are carrying at the front desk.  From various publishers, focusing on literary, political, philosophical, and critical theory, the portable well made books make perfect small gifts for any book enthusiast.

The Penguin Great Ideas series are reprints of the some of the most world-changing, influential, and inspirational pieces of literature.  Beautifully packaged to mimic classic typeset broadsides, these lovely books range in price from $8.95 to $10 and include titles such as Where I Lived, and What I Lived For by Henry David Theoreau, Why I Write by George Orwell, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Also at the front desk are several lovely poetry books from New Directions Publishers: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese translated by Kenneth Rexroth, Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke, and Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From New Directions Bibelot series we have The Red Notebook by Paul Auster, Everything and Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges, A Devil In Paradise by Henry Miller, as well as works from Dylan Thomas and more from Pablo Neruda. We also hand-picked some of our favorites: Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2 by Alex Wrekk, The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee, Spirited Away: BFI Film Classic by Andrew Osmond, The Wizard of Oz: BFI Film ClassicThis is Water by Salman Rushie, by David Foster Wallace, Insects and Flowers by Maria Sibylla Merian, Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, Violence by Slavoj Žižek, 33 1/3 Series: Velvet Underground and Nico by Joe Harvard, Venus by Augusten Rodin, and The Bicycle Commuter’s Pocket Guide by Robert Hurst.

Check them out below!

Weekly Picks (December 3rd)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department:

1. The Russian Anarchists by Paul Avrich

2. Brew Not Bombs: BIY: Brew it Yourself!

3. Complete Do-It-Yourself Bike Book by Mel Altwood

4. Dwelling Portably by Holly and Bert Davis

5. The Story of Crass by George Berger

From the Used Book Department:

1. How to Be A Superhero by Doctor Metropolis

2. Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media edited by Christopher Sharrett

3. Don’t You Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem

4. The Samurai Film by Alain Siver

5. Scar Strangled Banger by Ralph Steadman

From the Music Department:

1. The Reminder by Feist

2. Boy with the Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian

3. Best…I by The Smiths

4. Shake Your Pelvis by The Red Elvises

5. There Rising by Bruce Springsteen

Weekly Picks (November 11th)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department:

1. Frankenstein: The Lynd Ward Illustrated Edition by Mary Shelley, illustrated by Lynd Ward

2. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by Harry Clarke

3. East of the Sun West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North illustrated by Kay Rasmus Nielson

4. The Knave of Hearts by Louise Saunders, illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

5. Stories from Hans Christian Anderson by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated by Edmund Dulac

From the Used Book Department

1. Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis by Norman O. Brown

2. Capital by Karl Marx

3. Lanark Alasdair Gray

4. Hundertwasser by J.F. Mathey

5. Tents: Architecture of the Nomads by Torvald Faegre

From the Music Department:

1. Christmas Rocks! from the Brian Setzer Orchestra

2. To Drive The Cold Winter Away from Loreena McKennitt

3. The Bethlehem Years from John Coltrane

4. Fork In The Road Neil Young

5. Black Gives Way To Blue from Alice In Chains

Weekly Picks (October 20)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

2. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

3. The Wizard of Oz by Salman Rushdie

4. A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert

5. Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vintology by Randall Grahm and Hugh Johnson

From the Used Book Department

1. Trick Baby by Iceberg Slim

2. We Did Porn by Zak Smith

3. The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Edginton, I.N.J. Cubard

4. Ouija Answer Book from Sterling Publishing

5. Cajun Music & Zydeco Photographs from Philip Gould by Philip Gould

From the Music Department

1. Fork in the Road from Neil Young

2. Garden of Joy from Maria Muldaur

3. Hillbilly Hero from Hank Williams

4. Knuckle Down from Ani DiFranco

5. Spirit Chaser from Dead Can Dance

Weekly Picks (October 13th)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. The Arrival by Shaun Tan

2. Click: One Novel Ten Authors by Nick Hornby, Eion Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Gregory Maguire, David Almond, Deborah Ellis, Margo Lanagan, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park, and Time Wynne-Jones

3. Bird by Andrew Zuckerman

4. All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray

5. Everything and Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges

From the Used Book Department

1. Through A Calendar’s Window by Julian B. Arnold

2. Strange Foods: Bush Meat, Bats and Butterflies By Jerry Jopkins and Michael Freeman

3. Anatomy of Insects & Spiders by Claire Beverly & David Ponsonby

4. SCHEHERAZADE: Comics About Love, Treachery, Mothers & Monsters Edited by Megan Kelso

5. Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages edited by Paul Lunde

From the Music Department

1. The List from Rosanne Cash

2. Secret, Profane & Sugarcane from Elvis Costello

3. Vision Valley from The Vines

4. The Hazards of Love from The Decemberists

5. A Wonderful World from Tony Bennett & K. D. Lang

Weekly Picks (October 6th)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. Manhood For Amateurs by Michael Chabon

2. Destiny by Otto Nückel

3. Passionate Journey by Frans Masereel

4. God’s Man by Lynd Ward

5. Wilderness by Rockwell Kent

From the Used Book Department

1. Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman

2. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, Illustrated by Lane Smith

3. Animals of the Ocean: Giant Squid by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey

4. Stitches by David Small

5. Be a Nose by Art Spiegelman

From the Music Department

1. Black Gives Way to Blue from Alice in Chains

2. Crash Love from AFI

3. A Real Mother For Ya from Johnny Guitar Watson

4. The Rose Hotel from Robert Earl Keen

5. An Introduction to Billie Holiday from Billie Holiday

Weekly Picks (BANNED BOOKS WEEK)

This week for our weekly picks we are participating in banned books week.  Below is a list of some of our favorite titles along with the year and reason it was banned.  Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read, even so, book bans and challenges still run throughout our country. Created in 1982, it focuses on educating people about censorship, and has since been celebrated internationally as well. As a special addition, we are including some of our favorite banned music as well. Below, you can see a map of the US book bans and challenges over the last two years.


View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2009 in a larger map
From the New and Used Book Departments

1. The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Suspended in 2008 from a classroom in Oregon after parents complained that it was offensive. The protagonist discusses masturbation. The book was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award winner.

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This book is about censorship and those who ban books for fear of creating too much individualism and independent thought. In late 1998, this book was removed from the required reading list of the West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi. A parent complained of the use of the words “God damn” in the book. Subsequently, the superintendent instructed the the teacher to remove the book from the required reading list.

3. Howl by Allen Ginsburg

Officials of the Cold War era saw only willful destruction of American values in a poet’s grief over suffocating 1950s convention.

4. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

This title has been causing controversy in the U.S. since it’s publication in 1970. Offended by Mickey’s nudity, many librarians have had to draw diapers on him with correction fluid in order to keep the book in their libraries. To this day, it remains the 25th most challenged book according the American Library Association.

5. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

The Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran put a price on the head of this author for writing this book which allegedly is critical of the Islam religion. Rushdie, as a result, went into hiding for an indefinite period of time, fearing for his life

6. Lysistrata by Aristophanes

U.S. import ban on Lysistrata was lifted in 1930.This Greek tragedy was written somewhere around 400 B.C.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird has been a source of significant controversy since its being the subject of classroom study as early as 1963. The book’s racial slurs, profanity, and frank discussion of rape have led people to challenge its appropriateness in libraries and classrooms across the United States. The American Library Association reported that To Kill a Mockingbird was #23 of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 2000–2007

8. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

Although it was published in Paris, it was soon (1956) to be banned there for being obscene. An Argentinian court banned the book in 1959 and again in 1962 ruling that the book “reflected moral disintegration and reviled humanity.” In 1960, the New Zealand Supreme Court also banned the book. It was later freely published in France, England, and the U.S

9. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

This is a perennial favorite of censors and has been banned in the U.S. and Australia. In 1960, a Tulsa, OK teacher was fired for putting the book on the 11th grade reading list. The teacher was reinstated, but the book was permanently removed from teaching programs. A Minnesota high school administration was attacked for allowing the book in the school library.

10. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

Pullman’s publishers have primarily marketed the series to young adults, but Pullman also intended to speak to adults. North American printings of The Amber Spyglass have censored passages describing Lyra’s incipient sexuality, which Pullman intends as a reevaluation of the tale of Adam and Eve. “This so-called original sin is anything but. It’s the thing that makes us fully human.”

From the Music Department

1. Billy Holiday Love for Sale was banned by ABC because they thought it promoted prostitution. (1956)

2. Louie Louie by the Kingsman was banned in parts of the US because of the indecipherability of the lyrics leading to hysteria. (1966)

3. All Beatles music was banned in August of 1966 because of Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” remark.

4. Chinese Democracy by Guns ‘n’ Roseswas banned this year in China because of the name of the album.

5. God Save the Queen was banned in Brittan due to it’s disrespectful tone. (1977)

6. Rumble by Link Ray and His Raymen was dropped by radio stations even though it’s instrumental because they thought it promoted violence.  When it appeared on American Bandstand, Dick Clark refused to mention the song’s title.

7. There Stands the Glass by Webb Pierce (one of Logos all time favorite songs) was banned on some radio stations because they thought it promoted drinking. (1954)

Special thanks to the American Library Association and The Controversial and Banned Books site for providing most of the information on books, and to my colleague Dave Irmini for supplying the music selections and information.

Weekly Picks (September 22nd)

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Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. The Death of Bunny Monro by Nick Cave

2. Blood’s a Rover by James Ellroy

3. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

4. Why I Write by George Orwell

5. Oceanology by Dugald A. Steer

From the Used Book Department

1.  Walter Benjamin or Toward a Revolutionary Criticism by Terry Eagleton

2. The Culture Turn, Selected Writings on the Postmodern by Frederic Jameson

3. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

4. Icons Encyclopaedia Anatomica from Taschen

5. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

From the Music Department

1. Waiting for the Sun from The Doors

2. Time Out of Mind from Bob Dylan

3. Are You Gonna Go My Way from Lenny Kravitz

4. Pay the Devil from Van Morrison

5. Trouble in Shangri-La from Stevie Nicks

Weekly Picks (September 15th)

weeklypicksEvery week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments

From the New Book Department

1. The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

2. My Bread by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste

3. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks

4. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

5. Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation by Gregory Maguire

From the Used Book Department

1. From CBGB to the Round House: Music Venues Through the Years byTim Burrows

2. The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo

3. Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman

4. My So Called Punk by Matt Diehl

5. Hedonism Handbook by Michael Flocker

From the Music Department

1. Blue Lightin’ from Lightnin’ Hopkins

2. Woke Up This Morning from B.B.King

3. Easy Blues from Jimmy Reed

4. I’ve Got the Blues from Lowell Fulson

5. The Essential Big Bill Broonzy from Big Bill Broonzy

Weekly Picks (September 8th)

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. Poetry As Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

2.  Brave New World by Aldus Huxley

3. A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, 1974-82 by Nicholas Rombe

4.  The Absoutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

5. Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder

From the Used Book Department

1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

2. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasure of Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich

3. Disgusting Things {A Miscelleny} by Don Voorheen

4. The 100 Best Absolute Greatest Heavy Metal Albums in the World, Ever. by Jaclyn Bond

5. Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley by William Emery and Scott Squire

From the Music Department

1.  Stax Profiles – Eddie Floyd from Eddie Floyd

2. A Proper Introduction to Billie Holiday from Billie Holiday

3. B is for Bob from Bob Marley

4. The Truth According to Ruthie Foster from Ruthie Foster

5. 30 Year Retro from Mark O’Connor

Weekly Picks (September 1st)

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

2. My Life In France by Julia Child

3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

4. Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition by Gerald Hirigoyen

5. Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

From the Used Book Department

1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Graphic Novel by Stevenson, Klinowski, and Schejbal

2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrari

3. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

4. Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet by Charles Locklin

5. The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas by Davy Rothbart

From the Music Department

1. Eat to the Beat from Blondie

2. Sounds of the Universe from Depeche Mode

3.  Root Down from The Beastie Boys

4. Live in Paris & Toronto from Loreena McKennitt

5. Live 2005 Tour – Various Cities from Bauhaus


Weekly Picks

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department:

1. Surfing in Santa Cruz by Thomas Hickenbottom

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

3. Who’s to Say What’s Obscene? by Paul Krassner

4. Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda

5. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

From the Used Book Department

1. 2012 by Daniel Pinchbeck

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

3. The Singularity is Near Ray Kurzweil

4. Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

5. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

From the Music Department

1. Washington Square Grenade from Steve Earle

2. Arabesque from John Lemmer

3. Hyaena (remastered) from Siouxsie and the Banshies

4. Stranger Than Fiction from Bad Religion

5. Chinese Democracy from Guns ‘n’ Roses

Weekly Picks (8/17)

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

3.  Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

4. Around the World On Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin

5. Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

From the Used Book Department

1. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2. Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

3. The Essential Zizek (4 Vol) by Slavoj Zizek

4. Walter Benjamin or Towards a Revolutionary Criticism by Terry Eagleton

5. Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

From the Music Department

1. Let The Dominoes Fall from Rancid

2. Strangers / Swinging Door & The Bottle Let Me Down from Merle Haggard & The Strangers (2 LPs on one CD!)

3. The Stooges from The Stooges

4.  Blue Lightnin’ from Lightnin’ Hopkins

5.  Naked from Willie Nelson

Weekly Picks (8/10)

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books and music generating the most interest from their departments

From the New Book Department:

1. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

2. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

3. When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

4. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

From the Used Book Department

1. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2. Plainsong by Kent Haruf

3. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

From the Music Department

1. It’s Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, on CD and Vinyl

2. The E. N. D. / Energy Never Dies by Black Eyed Peas, on CD and Vinyl

3. Rising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, on CD

4. Night Flier by Tony Rice, on CD

5. A Little Bit Faster A Little Bit Worse by The Devil Makes Three on CD

Weekly Picks (8/3)

Every week Logos employees come together to pick the books generating the most interest from their departments.

From the New Book Department

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself by Jeff Kinney

5. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

6. Phobia: An Art Decco Graphic Masterpiece by John Vassos

7. All That the Rain Promises and More by David Aurora

8. Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting by Louise Riotte

9. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

10. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Mathew Frederick

Check back next week for lists from the Used Book  and Music Departments!