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"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food..."

-Erasmus

We have both books & nectar of the gods ... coffee! Along with the best conversation no money can buy - Come in today and enjoy us live & in person

Oh, No! No Inventory Update


UPDATE on updating our in-store inventory, so that you can see online just what we have or can get for you: 
Our work-around is sporadic at best and what you see as "in stock" may not be and vice versa.
The only reliable information is that if the status is: "hard to get," that book really is hard to get!
Please give us a call 815-285-2665 or write us chin@booksonfirst.com if you need additional help.
We thank you for your patience.

Au Revoir, Sydni

There are not many bookstore/ coffeehouses which can boast having a visual artist living above, painting and drawing some stunning work (the play of light reminds us of Vermeer, Millet and Rembrandt) for display around the bookstore. Atop all that, she has some great reading recommendations, too. Sydni leaves us for the wilds of Plattsburgh, NY, but she will always be our resident artiste.

Saith Kurt Vonnegut by Sydni Reubin