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We are so pleased to announce our new subscription mail service – the Small Press Book Subscription – for adventurous readers only! Are you ready to take the literary leap? For more details and to subscribe you can click the tab above <Small Press Book Subscription> or click HERE. Welcome aboard!
Here are some of our favorite books to give & get this holiday season – and beyond! Any and all of these are suggested reads to begin a literary new year.
And now you can purchase direct with Spiral right here- Just click the links below to connect to our online Square E-Commerce site. Shop Spiral this holiday season and all year around!
AMERICAN GODS : PURCHASE HERE
We are fans of the Gaiman’s entire oeuvre, but you need to read AMERICAN GODS now! A cross-country & cross-mythological journey that will bring you deep into a world that you always wanted to experience. Plus, we can’t wait for the STARZ Original Series take on the book to come out in 2017.
THROUGH THE WOODS : PURCHASE HERE
Not going to lie – this is SPOOKY & CREEPY & I just couldn’t get enough. This was my favorite read of the year, the illustrations and the re-told fairy tales wound around me and the imagery still holds me hostage. Good for those who like a bit of a scare – suggested age 13years and up.
THE COLLECTED POEMS OF SYLVIA PLATH : PURCHASE HERE
Years ago, I received a special copy of Ariel by Plath as a Christmas present, and shortly after delved into the rest of her works. Specifically her poems capture you with their strange beauty- read them on a quiet winter day when you have space to savor each stanza.
DHARMA BUMS : PURCHASE HERE
This was the third Kerouac book I’ve read, but it left the biggest impression. Both frenetic and solitary, if you liked On the Road you will love Dharma Bums. This semi-fictional book travels deeper and farther, from city life to complete isolation. For those seeking something more.
THE HANDMAID’S TALE : PURCHASE HERE
This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I am a huge Margaret Atwood fan, but The Handmaid’s Tale is exceptional. This dystopian novel is set in the near-future, and describes a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the US government. This is a terrifying look at women in subjugation in the context of a new regime. Be sure to read it before the show hits HULU in 2017.
BAD FEMINIST : PURCHASE HERE
If you haven’t read this book, get it now. Funny personal essays that tackle the supremely relevant issues of feminism and politics. Roxane Gay’s intelligent and empathetic dialogue will make you a believer- and then you’ll recommend this book to everyone you know.
THE ORIGINAL FOLK AND FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM: THE COMPLETE FIRST EDITION : PURCHASE HERE
A necessary addition to any fairy tale library. NECESSARY.
THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS BY EDWARD GOREY : PURCHASE HERE
Illustrated by Edward Gorey – this book is his personal selection of favorite stories that go bump in the night. The master of the macabre knows how to make your skin crawl, with stories from Algernon Blackwook, L.P. Hartley, Bram Stoker, and M.R. James to name a few. And, my personal favorite – The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs.
100 THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA BEFORE YOU DIE : PURCHASE HERE
The perfect book for anyone who wants to enjoy Philly in all its glory. Ahem- including a mention of ye olde establishment, The Spiral Bookcase.
WEIRD PA : PURCHASE HERE
THE book to celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in this glorious state. Penned by our good friend, MATT LAKE, this book needs to go on your bookshelf. Also – ROAD TRIPS!
DR. MUTTER’S MARVELS : PURCHASE HERE
We cannot keep this book in-stock. For good reason, it a fascinating history of the much loved historical figure Dr. Mutter- the medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Perfect for your weird uncle or your scientist brother, and really anyone who appreciates a great and readable history book.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of our very favorite books. We’d love to get these essential reads into your hands. Click the links and purchase direct with Spiral – you can either request pick-up or shipment for any of these titles. Happy Reading!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 11AM-9PM
It is the Seventh Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and we are ready to celebrate!
We know how vital bookstores are to a dynamic community and how important reading and books are to children. This Saturday, take some time to celebrate with the rest of the world, and bring your child to enjoy a very special day at Spiral.
Brian Biggs, local author/ illustrator and one of our favorite people, will joining us in the shop. He will be signing copies of his newest collection of books - the adorable Tinyville Town series. (A perfect gift for the kids in your life!)
GATHER, SHOP, & GIVE:
Also, with every children’s book purchase on Sat. Dec. 3rd, we are donating a gently used children’s book to Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Buy a children’s book – Give a children’s book.
We hope you join us for this very special day!
witch week @ spiral
october 22nd – october 31st
weird books / peculiar gifts / spooky events / spiral enchantments
Celebrate the spooky vibes of October with us during WITCH WEEK! Dates and details below.
All Week : 10/22-10/31 : Witch Hunt: A mysterious in-store scavenger hunt- solve the riddles & receive 13% off your purchase.
Uncover a selection of peculiar gifts & books throughout the week in-store or on-line. Special Gift with every on-line purchase & Free Shipping with any purchase over $50.
10/22-10/23: Halloween in Manayunk: Witchy Goody Bags with $25+ purchase while supplies last, Coloring for Kids, Trick or Treating
10/26 5pm-9pm : Witch’s Night Out : Cocktails, Witch Zine Launch, Tarot Reading
10/29-10/31: Good JuJu Spell with $25+ purchase while supplies last
Happy Halloween! Join the Coven here.
Saturday, September 10th, 4pm – 7pm
Plan a trip to Tinyville Town with Brian Biggs!
Join us for a family friendly event celebrating the publication of Tinyville Town, a new preschool series published by Abrams/Appleseed.
Hello Amelia Admirers!
We wanted to share some good news and offer a huge THANK YOU for donating to Amelia’s medical fund.
In the spring, Amelia was diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder that affects cats. It creates a wide range of symptoms resulting from the overproduction of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland. A common disease for senior kitties (Amelia is a whopping 15 years old!) it can be maintained by a special diet and medication. When Amelia was diagnosed she began a special prescription diet and needed several blood tests to determine if her treatment was working. That was when we asked for your help.
You gave generously and raised enough money to cover food for the past four months as well as for one appointment and blood test. We are so touched by your love and concern for our little Amelia. She brightens our days and we know what a cuddle of comfort she is to everyone who walks in the door.
Amelia just had a follow up appointment and she had great results! The blood test deemed that the prescription food was doing its job and her system has stabilized. This is a life-long disease, so we will maintain her health through regular blood tests and through her special diet.
Thank you again for your beautiful generosity. We always tell people we have the best customers and friends, and once again – it’s pretty obvious that we do. Come give Amelia a snuggle and a “job well done.”
Love, Amelia’s dedicated minions.