The Shelf Life

Nick’s Pick for December

posted on November 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Brad Craft

thus1I know it’s huge book and December has a lot of obligations, but it is SO GOOD and so satisfying that no other book in 2016 can compete, and it reads much faster than you’d think. It may be my favorite book of the year.



by Javier Marias

Regular price $27.95

20% off at University Book Store

Our price $22.36




A Spanish film director asks his young assistant what he would do if a lifelong friend were not as he had always believed him to be.


This question launches a plot of spying, lying, trickery, manipulation, eavesdropping and secret motives that stretch all the way back to the unspeakable crimes of the Spanish Civil War. The mystery centers around a secretly-witnessed scene of marital degradation. Something is profoundly wrong with the director’s marriage. What could Beatriz possibly have done to make her husband revile her so?

As young Juan pursues answers he’s lied and deceived to discover, a moral maze opens up before the reader who can only watch in guilty suspense as he makes his fateful choices. A funny, graceful, profoundly satisfying novel.

Come discuss the book with us!

Nick’s Picks Book Club

University Book Store

4326 University Way NE

Monday, December 19, 6 pm


NOTE: We’re meeting the Monday BEFORE Christmas, not the one afterward!


Wishing you all a new year full of wonderful books and thrilling reading experiences. — Nick

Holiday Shopping

posted on November 27, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Brad Craft

Waited as long as I could but… Christmas ornaments!  Santa mugs! Fancy candy, and candles, and reindeer, and little dogs dressed as reindeer, and Holiday decorations, and, and, and…



20% Off All Our Books!

posted on November 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm by Brad Craft


It’s Small Business Saturday!  That means events, game demonstrations, special story time, the Sherman Alexie Party Bus, author signings, critics’ recommendations, AND all books are 20% off all weekend long!!!



safe space

posted on November 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Brad Craft



Proud to say the University Book Store is, always has been and always will be a safe and welcoming space for everyone.