Charlie Rauh at the Bookshop this Saturday, October 5th

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5,  2:00 – 3:00

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2:00 – 3:00

This Saturday afternoon we will be visited by Charlie Rauh, a guitarist based out of New York City. He will be setting up in the shop playing some instrumental tunes for an hour or so beginning at 2:00. Rauh is a composer of solo folk lullabies who has toured extensively and collaborated with the likes of Wilco and the Magnetic Fields. We are very excited for this!! 


So excited that we are going to HAVE FREE COFFEE AND COOKIES to celebrate! 

Here’s a video of Charlie playing “Lullaby for Djupavik.”



Missed our big Summer Sidewalk Sale? Here’s another chance!

Missed our big Summer Sidewalk Sale? Here’s another chance!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 6th: All books at our book nook in Cathedral Coffee Scappoose will be on sale at $2HC & $1PB. There are amazing books up there––I can testify because I put them there myself!

And next week, back at on home front . . .


All Theology and Biblical Studies will be 30% OFF!

Our big sale in June was a huge success. We moved loads of the $2 & $1 books we set outside, but it seems that book-fatigue set in for many people. There was just too much to process with all those good cheap books out front, so our ancillary goal of clearing space on the shelves for new stock was somewhat unfulfilled. 

So I am extending the sale one more week: Everything in Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History, Devotional, and Biblical Studies will be 30% off from Monday the 8th – Saturday June 13.

Happy Hunting!!

GREAT COURSES: Religion, Philosophy, Ancient History DVD and CD Lot (93 Sets total)

JUST IN! A large collection of “Great Courses” audio and DVD classes in the following subject areas: Religion, Philosophy, Ancient History DVD and CD Lot (93 Sets total).

The condition is Like New. The price is $750.

Pictures are viewable here.

Contact me if interested! I am happy to ship anywhere. 503-251-5383 | adam (at)

13 DVD Sets and 80 CD sets.

DVD Sets

    1.    Gnosticism
    2.    Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration
    3.    Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World
    4.    Holy Land Revealed
    5.    Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle
    6.    Rome and the Barbarians
    7.    Natural Law and Human Nature
    8.    Great World Religions: Judaism
    9.    Lives of Great Christians
    10.    Historical Jesus
    11.    New Testament
    12.    Augustine’s Confessions
    13.    World History


    1.    History of the Bible
    2.    How Jesus Became God
    3.    Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World
    4.    Persian Empire
    5.    Skeptics and Believers
    6.    Science and Religion
    7.    Why Evil Exists
    8.    World of Biblical Israel
    9.    Age of Pericles
    10.    Ancient Empires before Alexander
    11.    Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning
    12.    Apostle Paul
    13.    History of Christian Theology
    14.    Herodotus: The Father of History
    15.    History of Christian Theology
    16.    Augustine: Philosopher and Saint
    17.    Biblical Wisdom Literature
    18.    Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome
    19.    Dead See Scrolls
    20.    Exploring the Roots of Religion
    21.    Fall of the Pagans
    22.    Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor
    23.    Greatest Controversies of Christian History
    24.    Great World Religions: Christianity
    25.    Greece and Rome
    26.    The Greek and Persian Wars
    27.    A History of Freedom
    28.    Aenid of Virgil
    29.    After the New Testament
    30.    Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age
    31.    American Religious History
    32.    Argumentation
    33.    Beginnings of Judaism
    34.    Between the Rivers
    35.    Book of Genesis
    36.    Bible and Western Culture
    37.    Emperors of Rome
    38.    Era of the Crusades
    39.    Famous Greeks
    40.    God and Mankind: Comparative Religions
    41.    Great Battles of the Ancient World
    42.    Francis of Assisi
    43.    Famous Greeks
    44.    Great Figures of the New Testament
    45.    The History of Ancient Rome
    46.    Introduction to Judaism
    47.    Introduction to the Study of Religion
    48.    Jesus and the Gospels
    49.    History of Christianity in the Reformation Era
    50.    Odyssey of Homer
    51.    Introduction to Greek Philosophy
    52.    Jesus and the Gospels
    53.    Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis
    54.    Lives of Great Christians
    55.    Lost Christianities
    56.    Medieval Heroines in History and Legend
    57.    Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation
    58.    Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages
    59.    Philosophy as a Guide to Living
    60.    Religions of the Axial Age
    61.    Questions of Value
    62.    Augustine’s Confessions
    63.    Story of the Bible
    64.    Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World
    65.    Philosophy of Religion
    66.    Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations
    67.    Old Testament
    68.    Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists
    69.    Philosophy and Religion in the West
    70.    Famous Romans
    71.    Introduction to Greek Philosophy (5 Volumes)
    72.    Ancient Greek Civilization
    73.    Early Christianity
    74.    From Jesus to Constantine
    75.    Great Ideas of Philosophy
    76.    Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations
    77.    Jewish Intellectual History
    78.    Historical Jesus
    79.    Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations
    80.    Classical Mythology

Welcome, 2019

We are glad you are here.

It is easy and becoming more common to reflect on the passing of a year with anger and resentment, with nothing to call good but the riddance. This is perhaps not inappropriate given the state of things at large on this old rock. Yet, without naiveté, I am seeking to habituate myself to a different instinct, one of gratitude for the gift of what remains and and hope for the gift yet to come.

“The last American bookseller"

“The last American bookseller"

It is hard not to be grateful for the year we had in our humble little bookhouse. For starters, we turned a profit! That’s always a good and often a necessary goal for a business, but we have learned not to take it for granted! There were several years during the dark days of the Ought’s, through the rise of Amazon, the proliferation of ebooks and audiobooks, and all the talk about a post-print digital culture that we genuinely questioned whether there was any future in selling used books. There was more than one time when we celebrated a year in the black after a few losing seasons, and the money spent on a celebratory dinner put us back in the red! 

Yet as the field of used bookselling changed, we changed with it. We have grown more selective, more nimble, more committed to our focused niche of scholarly books in religion, philosophy, and the humanities. While we still happily place a weekly order for special-ordered new books at a 20% discount, we have chosen to only stock a select few new books in the shop––only the most important new releases and those nearest and dearest to our hearts that we can’t seem to keep stocked with used copies. Instead, we have doubled down on what we know how to do best: going out and doing the work of procuring large lots of high quality, hard-to-find used books and selling them at attractive prices. We have consistently provided catalogs of carefully selected scholarly books and bays of bookcases loaded with excellent but more common books at $5 each. In short, we are aiming to make ourselves a valued resource for book lovers building libraries.

Regardless of our efforts, though, it would have been impossible for us to have survived these precarious years without the continued loyalty, support, and goodwill of all of you have provided. To be honest, there are easier and more reliable ways of making a living. We continue to do this work because we are passionate about books, but equally because of the rich source of life that streams through our doors everyday in you hopeless bibliophiles we call “friends.” Thank you for making it possible for us to live our dream. We are not the only ones who had a good year. Independent booksellers in America have had a string of good years, and it seems the news of our demise may have been somewhat premature.



One way in which we are supported by our friends is through word-of-mouth recommendations to those looking to part with or downsize their libraries. We have had the great fortune of purchasing books from a number of great scholars who were downsizing this year, in addition to creaming the crop of a few great institutional libraries. We are honored to see our shelves entrusted with the best stock we have ever had. I’m delighted to say as well that in a few weeks I will be heading down to Los Angeles to purchase what may be the finest collection of books we have ever dealt––a 14,000 book library that was very carefully curated with fine hardcovers of the best books in philosophy, theology, American religious history, and the humanities, seeded with loads of first editions, signed copies, and fine press editions. I am excited to share more with you as we process this collection! 

A few highlights from the year: 

– We made our pricing shed “safe for books” with drywall and heat!

– We installed a new forced-air HVAC system, replacing a system with a gas shop heater and wall-AC that worked fine when the shop was a grocery store but was woefully inadequate to the task of climatizing a shop full of floor-to-ceiling bookcases. 

– We stumbled into 20 beautiful birch-wood bookcases that we used to finish out our front room and add a center aisle of additional $5 books. 

– We shipped out 16,000 books from a book dealer in Virginia, had nowhere to put them, so we bought a shipping container. It is a lovely shade of gray and really ties the back yard together!

– We held a massive weekend sidewalk sale in July, saving thousands of books from the pulper and giving them happy homes $1-2 each and eventually pushing them on folks at $5/bag!

– We greatly expanded our book-nook up at Cathedral Coffee in Scappoose!

– We had a lovely cookout and poetry reading with our friend and officemate Karl Koppock!

– We were treated to a beautiful solo guitar show by Sam Rocha.

– We welcomed the publication of some truly wonderful books. I thought 2017 was an amazing year, but I think 2018 might have been my favorite year on record. I am truly in awe of the wonderful and brilliant people blessing us with such amazing books. I am truly thankful.

We are looking forward to another great year buying and selling great used books from and for all of you. As a token of our gratitude, and your reward for reading this far, we welcome you to take 30% off any book in stock!

Oh, one more thing! Telly the Book Cat has been a sweet companion for the past 6 months here, but he needs to move on to a new home, as the bookshop is not a permanent solution for various reasons. If you or anyone you know might be interested in adopting him, please reach out!

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Summer Sidewalk Sale!!

Our Summer Book Sale at Windows Booksellers is 1 week away! We will have about 8,000 $1pb & $2hc this year (heavy in history, literature, religion, labor & politics), many excellent books that we simply do not have space for in our limited confines. 

In addition, all in-store inventory will be 25–50% off!

Who knows, the Weber Grill might also make an appearance!

More details will accrue at the Facebook Event Page

Please share this event with anyone who might be interested! Reply to this email if you would like a printable PDF to tack up at your local coffee shop or fellowship hall!

Hope to see you there! 

Friday 10–5:00, Sat 9:00–5:00, Sun 9:00–1:00
8900 N. Wall Ave, 503-251-5383

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Rose City Book and Paper Fair

The 12th annual Rose City Book and Paper fair is this weekend! This celebration of the best of Portland area independent used book dealers has steadily grown into a truly special event! We have been presenting a table at the book fair for about 10 of these years, and we have grown with the event, learning to keep an eye out for the rare and truly special in our buying forays. This year promises to be one of our best offerings ever! Here are a few pictures of some of the things I am most excited about sharing this weekend. Hope to see you there! 

Admission is only $3, but stop by the shop anytime this week for a free pass!


Rose City Book & Paper Fair
June 15 & 16
Friday 2 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm
DoubleTree Hotel at the Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Admission $3, good for both days.
Discount parking passes available at the fair.



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