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Sydni's Picks

What with working here and at Öröm and our all hoping she's still creating art, Sydni's got a full plate, but always saves room for dessert -- doing a little reading.  And, just like any considerate friend, she will share a bite.

The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143131144
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

Why Not Me? Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804138147
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Archetype - September 15th, 2015

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594634710
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 22nd, 2015

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

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Still Life with Woodpecker: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553348972
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam - April 1990

Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.


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Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere Cover Image
By Poe Ballantine, Cheryl Strayed (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780983477549
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hawthorne Books - September 3rd, 2013

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The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art Cover Image
By Mark Rothko, Christopher Rothko (Editor), Kate Prizel Rothko (Contributions by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300115857
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yale University Press - March 23rd, 2006

Chromophobia (Focus on Contemporary Issues (FOCI)) Cover Image
$28.74
ISBN: 9781861890740
Availability: Backordered
Published: Reaktion Books - September 2000

Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic Cover Image
By Anne Knutson (Contributions by), Kathleen Foster (Contributions by), Michael Taylor (Contributions by), Christopher Crosman (Contributions by), John Wilmerding (Introduction by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780847827718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli - November 8th, 2005

The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

March: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

March: Book Two Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603094009
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

A People's History of Chicago Cover Image
By Kevin Coval, Chancellor Bennett (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608466719
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - March 28th, 2017

John Prine: In Spite of Himself (American Music) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781477313992
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Texas Press - June 14th, 2017