TEXT BLOCK | The shorter e-version of our bi-monthly newsletter | MAY-JUNE 2018
Best Weller's for May-June
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
To fall in hell or soar Angelic
You’ll need a pinch of psychedelic

This couplet, sent to Aldous Huxley by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond in 1956, coined the word we use to describe mind-expanding drugs like LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and psilocybin. With Greek words for “spirit” and “manifesting,” Osmond made the word psychedelic. It had nothing to do with wild designs or bright colors but was offered by Osmond to express what was experienced and understood to happen to persons affected by these substances before a slew of social rents and fears grew to the hysteria that halted research and access in the mid-1960s.

In his courageous new book, food writer and activist Michael Pollan applies his careful, skeptical mind and intimate personal writing style to the complicated history, the reality, and the astounding potential of psychedelic drugs. Pollan tells how a few fortuitous events aligned early in the millennium, permitting doors of research to be reopened. Recent discoveries in neuroscience refute a few old myths but, to a compelling degree, support observations and understandings from past eras. How to Change Your Mind is an encouraging and aspirational book. For ourselves and our planet, let’s hope psychedelics can escape their badly perverted reputation and senseless incarceration.
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Upcoming Events
Editor Rhonda Gilliland will read from and sign, Cooked to Death: Lying on a Plate, a collection of stories by 15 mystery writers with culinary acumen.

Hilary Zaid in conversation with Rachel Borup discusses her book, Paper is White.

Andrew Baldwin signs his books, Desert Guardian and Raptor Canyon.

Christopher Husberg launches the latest in his Chaos Queen quintet, Blood Requiem.

Books & Bridges presents Ben Park and "The Politics of Diversity: How Debates over Competing Interests Shape American Democracy"

Recurring Events

Breakfast Club with lead new book buyer Catherine Weller is every Tuesday from 10 - 11 AM at Coffee Connection. Join her for book news and casual conversation - no reading requirement!

Lit Knit is a crafting circle held every second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6 - 8 PM. Crafters of all kinds are welcome to join us for crafting and friendly conversation.

Collectors' Book Salon is held the final Friday of each month from January through October, beginning at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments, a bookish presentation, and smart conversation make this event a Can't-Miss for collectors and bibliophiles.
Rare Book Acquisitions
The Deseret Alphabet was a short-lived effort by pioneer Mormons in Utah to help non-English speaking converts overcome phonetic inconsistencies in English. The idea and work to create it commenced in 1853 but hassles casting new type, frontier remoteness, and disruption from the Utah, then Civil Wars prevented publication of books until 1868, when two juvenile primers were printed, Deseret First Book and Deseret Second Book . In 1869, the entire Book of Mormon and a thin volume containing the first 116 pages were published. Cultural inertia weighed against the Mormon innovation and the alphabet did not endure. Copies of Deseret Alphabet books survive as curiosities of the great saga of the Mormon people in Deseret.

Deseret First Book , 1868, with light moisture staining and the uncommon errata, fixing printers errors with the unique script tipped in at terminus. $325

Deseret Second Book , a very good slightly soiled copy without the errata. $225

Book of Mormon, First Part in Deseret Alphabet (the larger blue one) 1869. SOLD

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