Thursday, July 23, 2009

Red or white?

I'm offering this exhaustive and well written history of wine for $15. It's a beautiful hardback edition with glossy pages. It's a fascinating history of wine from the dawn of time to the present day. Buy it and savor it like you would a glass of fine Pinot Noir.

There and back

This modern classic in the genre of travel writing can be yours for only $3.

You will discover more about the great plains than you ever knew before when you buy and read this paperback edition of Great Plains. It's yours for only $4,

Pulp fiction blow out

You can own this classic in the crime novel genre for only $3. I highly recommend this landmark crime novel.
This late '70's crime novel can be had for $3 also. It's a little long but still it's a sizzling good read.

Contemporary fiction cavalcade

This hardcover edition of Basket Case is in great shape and a steal at only $9. If you like your crime fiction on the funny side, then you better get this one today.
I haven't read this Hornby novel but I've heard lots of good things about it. This paperback edition can be yours for only $5.

Friday, July 17, 2009

You're an animal

This encyclopedia is full of eye popping photos and fascinating articles about all sorts of animals. It's out of print now and it can be yours for $20 plus shipping. The full page photos alone in this book are worth $20, so you'll want to buy this one quick.

Fiction, then and now

This is one of Douglas Coupland's, the writer who coined the phrase 'generation X,' newer works of fiction. It's in fine shape and it can be had for only $12. Make your Canadian friends happy, buy this book.

This period mystery is a steal at $5. Don't be caught dead with out it.

Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it

Here's a trio of history books for your perusal:
Tightly written concise history of the Celtic peoples. Our understanding of them has increased since the publication of this book but it's still a good read if you're into history. Who am I kidding> It's a good read period. And it can be yours for $9.

This sweeping book about one of the fascinating figures in English can be yours for $5. It's a trade paperback and it's in excellent condition.

This engaging and eye opening account of one of the forgotten females of history would make a fine addition to your library. I highly recommend this book. It's in mint condition and it's only $9.

Hooray for Hollywood!

This book about Columbia film studio came out in the mid 1970's. It chock full of film stills, casts and crew lists, and more. This book is a perfect gift for the vintage Hollywood lover in your life. It's out of print and it can be yours for only $12 plus shipping.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

For the arm chair traveller:

There's a laugh on every page of this parody travel guide. It's very well done and the level of jokes only flags a bit here and there. It's a fun funny book and you can buy it for $5.

With this book Mr. Horowitz has conjured up one of the best travel essay books ever written in my humble opinion. The subtitle tells you all you need to know, it's a fascinating account of his journeys in the footsteps of the great seafarer Captain Cook. Horowitz alternates chapters between his account of what modern times have done to the places cook lived in and sailed to and the history of Cook in those far flung destinations. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for what Captain Cook did in his eventful life after reading this well written highly entertaining book. Snap this one up for $10.

Fiction from some comtemporary masters

I'm offering this Joyce Carol Oates novel about Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe for $12. It's in great shape and I'm sure it's a stellar read.
Oy vey, what library would be complete without a Saul Bellow short story collection? You can get this one for $5.

Find out what it was like before it all melts

I read and loved this very entertaining book:I found out more about the arctic than I ever knew before and I found that this book not only stayed with me months after I read it, it resonates with me still. You can have this trade paperback for only $5. I promise you it's a great read and one day soon it's going to be looked at as one of the classics of the natural history genre.

There's no business like show business

Here's a trio of showbiz books for sale:
This is a neat little collection of celebrity portraits that John Lahr, son of the late great Bert Lahr, wrote for the New Yorker. The ones I had not already read in the New Yorker, I read in this collection. I'm offering it for $10.

Many consider the Hustons to be the first family of contemporary Hollywood and I'd be hard pressed to disagree with them. This engrossing biography of the Huston family is on sale for $12.
There's nothing quite like this acid tinged portrait of Hollywood in the early to mid '70's that the late Julia Phillips wrote about in this now classic book. She lived through producing with Spielberg, fighting with Truffaut, and doing lots of drugs. This lively hilarious book is on sale for $12.

Highly collectable

This book

published in 1964 has been autographed by the late author. It's in great shape and it's full of Mr. Block's insights on politics as well as his often hilarious political cartoons. It's a great snapshot into the rough and tumble political world of the early to mid 1960's.

Since it is signed by the author and since it's in such great shape you can buy this highly collectible book for $25 plus shipping. However shipping on orders of $50 or more is free within the continental US.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Would you work in a high pressure, fast paced restaurant for no wages? Would you go to Italy and work for nothing just so you could soak up all the food culture you could? No, you probably wouldn't but Bill Buford did and he wrote a book about it. It's an eye opening glimpse into the world of a famous chef's (Mario Batali) restaurant empire and into the world of cooking and food preparation in Italy. This hardback edition of this book is available for $12.50.

This long out of print little book is full of quirky and interesting food facts and trivia. It's a fun easy read and I guarantee you that if you read it that you'll love it. It came out in the mid 1980's so some of the political and pop culture references are a bit dated but it's a fun book nonetheless. It's a steal at $6.

The doctor has gone to the dogs

This hardback edition of a modern take on the Frankenstein story is available now from us for only $5. It's a novel that will stay with you long after you've read it.

You can buy this hardback edition of one of Graham Greene's last novels from us for $5 as well. It's not one of his best, in my opinion, but it's still an interesting read.

Both books in stock and ready for purchase today via Pay Pal or via a check or money order via snail mail. (That is the first time I've ever used via three times in one sentence.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jungle Jane

For as long as I can remember I've had a crush on Jane Goodall. I know it's inappropriate for me to be crushing on her but I can't help it, she's a earth savin', chimp lovin', silver fox and I'm proud to be able to offer these two books by her for sale.

First up is this long out of print book that was put out by National Geographic magazine:
This hardback is a must have for any collector of all things Jane Goodall, and or any lover of natural history. It's an account of some of her time in Gombe with the chimps she loves so much. It's chock full of beautiful color photographs and full color illustrations. This book is for sale for $15.

This book, a wonderfully written tome about the need for us to get back to our natural roots, came out a few years back. I read it and I loved it. I'm offering it for $11, which is half the cover price.

Buy both for $23 and save $3!

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Or you send us a check or money order via snail mail and your book(s) will ship out to you the day after we receive payment.

What is Book Monkey?

Book Monkey is my new online only book store that offers used books of distinction, rare books, out of prints books, and other literary and artistic ephemera. One day when it's financially feasible I'll also open an actual physical store by the name of Book Monkey.

This whole endeavor has been churning in my mind for some many years now. I always loved reading and books and I thought many times about opening an unusual used and rare book store but since I am not independently wealthy, a little thing called working for a living always got in my way. However all that changed when I had my heart attack and bypass surgery almost five years ago. I was put on disability by my cardiologist and many months later I got my Social Security Disability. That meant of course that I no longer had to go to work for anyone else. For the next few years I just went with the flow of things. I learned how to play golf again, and found out that after a year and a half I didn't like it enough to keep playing every week. I took up disc golf, which I like but I can't play it when it's too hot or too cold. I dabbled in community activism and I began writing blogs.

I also during that time began quietly buying up books at thrift stores, junk shops, antique stores, library book sales, and other places. I didn't do it with the idea to open a book store but the idea came back to me recently and I decided why the heck not. It's not a fool proof or idiot proof idea and there is still a huge margin for failure but as long as I stay online only and I amass books and things for sale the way I have been doing, then if I do fail the failure won't be catastrophic. If I sell a good amount of books then fine, if I don't that's fine too. I'm not about to go out and take out a loan so I can open a shop right away. I plan to start slowly and build this thing with a minimum of cash outlay and stress. Since I own the thing and no one's money is at stake but mine I can move as slowly as I like and if I only make enough money to allow us to pay off our mortgage a year earlier, or to take an extra nice vacation or weekend trip, or to buy a set of tires when we need one or a flat screen TV then that's cool by me.

So the online version of Book Monkey is open for business and I'll soon be posting pictures and blurbs about what I've got to offer and one day if this thing takes off then I'll move into a proper shop and it will be a book lovers dream, kind of like Book Eddy in Knoxville, TN and The Book Lady in Savannah, GA are.

My promise to you, my once and future patrons, is to stock good quality used books, some rare books, some hard to find out of print books, and a few other literary and art related things. What Book Monkey won't be is a slave to the best sellers and to what's currently being blown aloft in the winds of popular culture. I'll always strive to offer the odd, the unusual, and the unique.

Check back often because I'll be adding posts about the books I have for sale and about sales I'll be running. Oh, and thanks for stopping by. It's nice to have you visit my store even if you don't buy anything right away.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Coming soon...

...all sorts of info on rare, used, and out of print books you can buy from me.

Stay tuned.