The Shelf Life

2018 Calendars

posted on August 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Brad Craft


It’s that time of year again!  The 2018 calendars have started arriving and soon there will be entirely too many to show them all.


Every size and description of beautiful, full-color calendars are available now, and more on the way every day.


So, remember, if you need something beautiful on your desk or wall, you need a present for your Mom or your Great Aunt Fanny, we’ve got you covered.

Let the calendar browsing begin!

Refined Reading Book Club for August

posted on August 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Brad Craft

Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong.

Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Thursday • August 31 • 6:30pm

U District store

Join the Refined Reads book club!

Refined Reads is our fantastic new book club in partnership with KOMO’s Seattle Refined. Each month we introduce you to one amazing, discussion-worthy book and meet up to talk about it at one of our stores. Read along with us during the month through weekly check-ins with page goals, exclusive content, and author interviews. You’ll also get the chance to participate in on-camera discussions for the show!

Sign up for the book club HERE and join us for one of our monthly book discussions.

August Title: Goodbye Vitamin

In August, we’ll be reading Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong and meeting up to discuss the book on August 31 at 6:30pm at our U District store.

Monthly Refined Reads book discussions rotate among different University Book Store locations around the Puget Sound.

Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.


Nancy Pearl Book Club for August

posted on August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Brad Craft

The Handmaid's Tale - paperback (3/16/1998) by Margaret Atwood

Join Nancy Pearl’s book club for a lively discussion of this month’s book!

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Friday • August 11 • 6:30pm

There couldn’t be a better time to read this seminal work of speculative fiction by #1 New York Times bestseller and Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood.

In the not-too-distant future, Offred lives as a Handmaid. Once a day, she may leave the home of the Commander and his wife to walk to the market. The signs now show pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. She can remember the days before, when had a husband, a daughter, a job, and access to knowledge. But all that is gone. Funny, unexpected, chilling, and convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.


Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss!

Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.

Nancy Pearl's Book Club Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, is America’s favorite librarian. She regularly discusses and recommends books on NPR’s Morning Edition and lectures widely on the topics of books and reading. She is librarian-at-large with the King County Library System.

True Grace for August

posted on at 7:46 pm by Brad Craft


Join True Grace book club for a lively discussion of this month’s book!

Travelogue meets foodie memoir in this envy-inspiring book by chowhound communications professor A. V. Crofts. From studying in China to teaching in Italy to conducting humanitarian communications trainings in war-torn Sudan, the author traces a lifetime of meals eaten and things learned with warm and thoughtful prose. Join her at the only coffee shop in Kunming, a home-cooked feast at a civil rights pilgrimage in Alabama, a surprise Thanksgiving in Germany, and her annual Lunar New Year dumpling party in Seattle. Crossing states and continents, Meet Me at the Bamboo Table is a beautiful meditation on how food nourishes a community.

Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.

No Image AvailableA.V. Crofts works at the University of Washington as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Global Health. Her work has been published in Gastronomica and Saveur.

Wednesday, August 9, at 6PM.

Our Book of the Month for August

posted on August 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm by Brad Craft


“A groundbreaking work about race and the American landscape. Thoughtful, sincere, wise, and beautiful.”–Helen Macdonald


“In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored.” From these fertile soils—of love, land, identity, family, and race—emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.

Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity”—to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field.

By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today.

Summer Escape Sale Extended Through Sunday

posted on at 11:46 pm by Brad Craft


Our Summer Escape Sale has been extended through Sunday, August 6th!  All (or quite nearly all) the books in New and Used Books are 25% OFF!  So get in here and go ahead, spend more than you meant to.  You deserve it.

Nick’s Pick for August

posted on July 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Brad Craft

muile1I didn’t expect to fall in love with this book. To be honest, I was just reading the first couple pages to dismiss it, and somehow it hooked my attention and with every page it won me over further. Dr Morayo de Silva is a genuinely good woman and a joy to spend time with. Boy, did I grow to like her! She’s weak and elderly, but her books matter to her more than almost anything, and she’s kind to homeless people and loves living in San Francisco where gay men are polite to her. For two days I got to spend time in her presence, accompanying her through a rather unexpected difficulty, learning what she was really made of. Pure pleasure! What the book lacks in plot or suspense it makes up in the delight of Morayo’s startling, incandescent life.



by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Regular price $14.95

20% off at University Book Store

Our price: $11.96




Meet elderly Dr. Morayo de Silva, half-Nigerian citizen of San Francisco, who values her books above everything and has a kind word for everyone.


A good author can reveal a person’s character in their interactions during a normal day. Sarah Ladipo Manyika does that expertly in her very short novel with the very long title, and then she adds a few surprises.


Told through multiple voices, it’s a slight but very touching story of age and time and kindness, allowing you to enjoy the company with a woman any sane person would want as their best friend.


Come discuss the book with us!

Nick’s Picks Book Club

University Book Store

4326 University Way NE

The bookstore cafe

Monday, August 28, 6 pm


This one is short enough to read in a couple days. It’s perfect for a fun summer read that still has substance and heart. I’d love to have you stop by the bookstore café at the end of August and tell me what you thought of it. And what in the world the title means. — Nick