December 5th

You're a mean one, Mr. Bezos – Shop small, make a big impact!
12 gifts celebrating indies, the power of community, and boxing out Am*zon.

Looking for Rare Square's picks? Find them below:

Our Only World: Ten Essays, first edition
Berkley: Counterpoint, 2015.

Mad Farmer broadside
Printed to celebrate the then forthcoming publication of The Mad Farmer Poems.

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Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being In Person By Andy Field Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324036586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 18th, 2023

A playful, analytical, informed, and poetic exploration of the delight and transformative power of real-life encounters.


Imaginable: How to Create a Hopeful Future--In Your Own Life, Your Community, the World By Jane McGonigal Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781954118331
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 7th, 2023

* 2023 Nautilus Book Award Winner: Rising to the Moment: Gold *

World-renowned future forecaster, game designer, and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal gives us the tools to imagine the future without fear.

"An accessible, optimistic field guide to the future."--San Francisco Chronicle


Bookstores: A Celebration of Independent Booksellers By Horst A. Friedrichs, Stuart Husband Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9783791385815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prestel - March 9th, 2021

Explore the magic of independent bookstores in this beautiful photographic journey across the world.


The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human World By David Sax Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781541701557
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - November 15th, 2022

Bestselling culture writer David Sax lays out the case against a false digital utopia—and for a more human future

In The Future Is Analog, David Sax points out that the onset of the pandemic instantly gave us the digital universe we’d spent so long anticipating.


Books Make Good Friends By Jane Mount Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781797209654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - November 7th, 2023

This new picture book from beloved author-illustrator Jane Mount celebrates the avid reader, demonstrates how books make you better, and reassures anyone who has been anxious or uncertain about facing the real world.

Lotti isn’t sure she wants to make friends. She’s shy, and she doesn’t really know how.


Books and Ladders Classic Board Game By Galison, Hyesu Lee (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Galison, Hyesu Lee (By (artist))
$21.99
ISBN: 9780735378889
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Galison - June 13th, 2023

The Books and Ladders Classic Board Game from Galison is a bookish play on the classic Snakes & Ladders game. The game board features a book lovers shelfie, with ladders that take you up, and bookmark ribbons (instead of snakes) taking you down!


Something, Someday By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

The stunning new picture book by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson

You’re told that
This won’t work,
But how will you know
If you never try?


This must be the center of the universe.”

Josephine Humphreys, sitting on the Square Books balcony on a breezy May morning in 1991. 

Readers, writers, and visitors from Oxford and beyond, as well as Ole Miss students, have long enjoyed a quiet, solitary morning with a cup of coffee or an afternoon meeting with lovers and friends on the balcony outside the second floor of Square Books overlooking the historic Square.

Numerous book signings have taken place on this balcony, with esteemed authors like Willie Morris, accompanied by the late, great Charlie Jacobs on tenor sax and Fish Mickie on keyboard. John Grisham, Larry Brown, and Buddy Nordan have also graced this spot with their presence. Additionally, the balcony has hosted various book conference events. On one occasion, Seymour Lawrence generously donated his papers to the University and invited all his authors for a weekend gathering. Notable writers such as Jim Harrison, Jayne Anne Phillips, Richard Bausch, Tim O'Brien, Gish Jen, Tom Drury, William Kotzwinkle, Susan Minot, Dan Wakefield, Barry Hannah, Frank Conroy, and Tom McGuane all congregated on the balcony for a reception.

The Square Books balcony is also a favored vantage point for witnessing Christmas and 4th of July parades. Moreover, it has witnessed the exchange of vows in three weddings and numerous marriage proposals.

The balcony continues to be a destination for all sorts of people throughout all hours of the day and the four seasons of the year. These are people discovering Oxford for the first time or thos revisiting fond memories of the past. Square Books endeavors to accommodate and enjoys welcoming these visitors, our friends.


Reading Is Magic: A Book Log for Families By Emma Straub (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Emma Straub (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419741401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - April 6th, 2021

A family keepsake journal for parents and children to record the magic of reading together
 
Reading Is Magic is a guided journal in which families can capture that magical period when parents and children read together.


Ever wish you had a place to capture your conversations about books? Join the club! 

Whether your meetings are organized affairs or excuses to gather with friends, this brightly designed journal gives you plenty of space for writing, a reading list of crowd pleasers, and fun icebreakers so you can show up and share. Inside you’ll find


50 Ways to Protect Bookstores By Danny Caine Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781648412868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Microcosm Publishing - January 31st, 2023

How to Protect Bookstores and Why: The Present and Future of Bookselling By Danny Caine Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781648411632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 19th, 2023

Michael Storrings A Day at the Bookstore Reusable Shopping Bag By Galison, Michael Storrings (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Galison, Michael Storrings (By (artist))
$4.99
ISBN: 9780735381469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Galison - September 26th, 2023

The Michael Storrings 'A Day At The Bookstore' Reusable Tote from Galison features the wonder and delight that can be found inside a bookstore. This tote is a great low-price alternative to single-use plastic bags.


Classic Paperbacks 1000 Piece Puzzle By Richard Baker Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781648960000
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 20th, 2020

Piece together your own colorful collection of vintage paperback book covers! Classic Paperbacks 1000 Piece Puzzle features artist Richard Baker's incredible paintings of beloved real books, including works by Emily Dickinson, Richard Wright, Sandra Cisneros, and Susan Sontag, among other literary luminaries.