The Best Small Gift Books

This year there is no need to fill someone’s stocking with toothpaste and gum! No need to fill the extra space in the box with impulse items you picked up in the checkout line! This year, fill the tiny spaces with tiny, thoughtful, artistic books!

Below is our guide to the best small books available at Logos:

Postcard Books:

Beautiful postcard books from James Jean, Mark Ryden, Camilla d’Errico, and Yoshitomo Nara. Each set $9.95, or $12.95 for the oversized Mark Ryden cards.

Small Art Books:

Rift, by James Jean is a small accordion style book with paintings on one side and the pencil drawings on the other, a mini version of his Process Recess art books, for $12.95.

Hundertwasser: Complete Graphic Work 1951-1976 is a pocket sized collection of stunning full color images for $24.95.

Yoshitomo Nara’s Animus is a beautiful, small pop-up book and short story for $25.00.

Ed Rouscha’s Los Angeles by Alex Schwartz is a collection of 4 essays exploring the influence of Los Angeles on pop culture and, therefore, Los Angeles artists. A pocket sized hardcover for $29.95.

Tim Biskup’s The Jackson 500 Volume 3 is a small square volume of color reproductions of his paintings for $14.95.

Small Poetry Volumes:

Pocket sized poetry books from Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Kenneth Rexroth, all between $10 and $11!

Pocket Sized Literary Books:

Everything and Nothing by Jorge Luis Borges $9.95

Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao lin $13.00

The Novelist’s Lexicon: Writers on Words That Define Their Work $16.95

The Red Notebook: True Stories by Paul Auster $10.95

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Beastiary by David Sedaris with Illustrations by Ian Falconer $21.99

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace $14.99

101 Things To Know About Stuff:

The 101 Things I Learned series are short, important lessons intended to help the novice or enthusiast in their field. Nicely bound in hardcover boards, these books are $15.00 (except architecture, which is $12.95)

Penguin Great Ideas Series:

We carry a wide variety of the Penguin Great Ideas, from George Orwell’s essay Why I Write to Darwin’s On Natural Selection. Each book is embossed to look like an old letterpress edition, with beautifully designed covers. $10.00

Oxford’s A Very Short Introduction Series:

Logos is carrying a collection of Oxford’s A Very Short Introduction series on topics such as Jung, Marx, Foucault, Kierkegaard, Nothing, Quantum Theory, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Modernism, Modern Art, and many more! At $11.95 each, these small books contain excellent thoughtful insights for the novice (or enthusiast) philosopher.

33 1/3 Essay Series:

The 33 1/3 essay series is one of the best gifts you can give a music lover. Written on specific albums or songs by other musicians, these essays are more or less love songs to some of the most influential music of the past 50 years. $12.95 each

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!

Art Books at Great Prices

zenLove art books but not art book prices?  Now is a great time to check out our Remainder Art Books.  Over the past few weeks we have been fortunate to receive many new art titles at prices greatly below original retail.

We have two titles on the works of Salvadore Dali as well as beautiful offerings on Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, and William Morris, to name only a few.  Also in stock is tomwaitsthe Zen Art Box, a collection of 40 reproductions of Zen Art by great masters.  Each card is suitable for display and  includes a folding stand.

Our literary and performing arts remainder section is overflowing with new titles.  In music we are proud to present The Lyrics of Tom Waits – The Early Years, a nice salute to the incomparable work of this music genius.  Also on hand is  Legends of Punk by Rikki Ercoli, a photographic journey of the early punk music scene.

Osnuffur literature section highlights include a hardbound edition of Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk, an illustrated edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa.  Also for an interesting read, check out Obscene  Extreme, a book that examines the book banning and burnings of Steinbeck’s important work, The Grapes of Wrath.

We have many more  great tiles in stock – too many to list individually.  But please stop by and check out more remainder titles on cooking, politics, natural and physical science, crafts, cultural studies,  and various other subjects.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

pridezombiesQuirk Books, publisher of the surprise bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is set to announce their next mash-up at midnight tonight.  You can be the first to know the new title by adding them to your facebook friend list, or see the book trailer tomorrow on YouTube.  You can even print two different posters on their website in celebration of the book’s success.

Anticipation for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies started in early February with a blog post in the New York Times, and began building with reviews and plugs in news papers all across the US and UK.  With it’s release in early June, it became an immediate success, reaching No. 3 in the New York Times bestseller list.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith, a film producer and author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn, took the plot for the novel at the suggestion of his editor at Quirk Books, Jason Rekulak.  Grahame-Smith will not be participating further in the mash-up series, but according to interviews, one of his follow-up titles, if not the next, will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He will make his debut into comic books with Marvel Zombies Return: Hulk with artist Richard Elson.  Below is a very insightful and entertaining interview with him for the Authors@Google series.

Available now at Logos
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
By Seth Grahame-Smith
Quirk Books