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

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

For National Poetry Month, we’d like to share some of our favorite poems with you. Below is my favorite from Robert Frost.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost
New Hampshire

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!