Welcome If you're looking for a lot of books and a pleasant place to peruse them, seek no further. Since 1992, Dog Eared Books has been supplying a book-hungry Mission District with new, used, and remaindered books as well as magazines, calendars, and notebooks. We're a general interest store, so we have a little of everything, but we do specialize in Beat, off-beat, small press, and local literature. Our staff of is happy to help you locate specific titles or you can roam around discovering wondrous obscurities you never knew you couldn't live without.
Randomly Selected and Irregularly Updated Small Press Bestsellers
1. My Documents by Alejandro Zambra 2. Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles 3. Stoner by John Williams 4. The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. 5. When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy 6. Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz 7. The Wall Creeper by Nell Zink 8. Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz 9. Citizen by Claudia Rankine 10. Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector 11. The Pickle Index by Eli Horowitz and Ian Huebert 12. Limber by Angela Pelser
HEADS UP: Dog Eared will be CLOSED on THANKSGIVING DAY!!! and a heads up: we will not be buying books on weekends in December
Dog Eared's NYRBSALON a monthly book club for New York Review of Books Classics will be discussing
Chocky by John Wyndham w/an afterward by Margaret Atwood
In Chocky, pioneering science-fiction master John Wyndham takes on an enigma as strange as anything found in his classic works The Day of the Triffids or The Chrysalids—the mind of a child. It’s not terribly unusual for a boy to have an imaginary friend, but Matthew’s parents have to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is anything but ordinary. Why, Chocky demands to know, are there twenty-four hours in a day? Why are there two sexes? Why can’t Matthew solve his math homework using a logical system like binary code? When the questions Chocky asks become too advanced and, frankly, too odd for Matthew’s teachers to answer, his parents start to wonder if Chocky might be something far stranger than a figment of their son’s imagination. Chocky, the last novel Wyndham published during his life, is a playful investigation of what being human is all about, delving into such matters as child-rearing, marriage, learning, artistic inspiration—and it ends with a surprising and impassioned plea for better human stewardship of the earth.
Wyndham singlehandedly invented a whole pile of sub-genres of SF. It’s as if... in the 1950s he was plugged in to the world’s subconscious fears and articulated them one by one in short, amazingly readable novels. —Jo Walton, Tor.com
What John Wyndham does so brilliantly is invest quiet suburban streets with menace. The idea of an alien intelligence inhabiting a child is always frightening. But here Wyndham turns a story of ‘possession’ into a touching fable about our profligate use of the planet. —The Telegraph
Wyndham described the odd rather than the fantastic, the disturbing rather than the horrific, the remarkable rather than the outrageous. —Christopher Priest
Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way. —The Guardian
We'll be taking January off from our bookclub, but coming in February:
Our Spoons Come From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
“I told Helen my story and she went home and cried.” So begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. But Barbara Comyns’s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Sophia is twenty-one and naïve when she marries fellow artist Charles. She seems hardly fonder of her husband than she is of her pet newt; she can’t keep house (everything she cooks tastes of soap); and she mistakes morning sickness for the aftereffects of a bad batch of strawberries. England is in the middle of the Great Depression, and the money Sophia makes from the occasional modeling gig doesn’t make up for her husband’s indifference to paying the rent. Predictably, the marriage falters; not so predictably, Sophia’s artlessness will be the very thing that turns her life around.
Sunday Feb 7th at 7:30 pm.
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