‘Have a seat and read a book’

June, July, August – the months some may refer to as ‘summer,’ are a super busy time in the bookstore.  I think it has something to do with people from out of town taking a vacation to what they expect to be ‘warm and sunny California’. (Sunny yes. Warm, well, we sell sweatshirts in the bookstore. Summer doesn’t start here until September and it doesn’t last more than a month.)

We try to use this time at the bookstore to feature some of our most prized possessions: our staff picks and deep backlist titles. Books you will be hard pressed to find in most other bookshops.

This month on the blog, we’ll be trying to give those of you not fortunate enough to make it into the physical store a little taste of what you may be missing.

Happy reading.

For information about placing orders for any books featured here this month, try our website or our mail order department: orders at citylights dot com.



A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

Introduction by John Lennon Grapefruit

Quiet. It’s a bomb. –Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

Back in print for the first time in nearly thirty years, here is Yoko Ono’s whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life.

“Burn this book after you’ve read it.” — Yoko

“A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.”

“This is the greatest book I’ve ever burned.” — John

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  1. Larry-bob says:

    I found my paperback copy of Grapefruit at a garage sale in Northfield, MN, the town where I went to college, sometime back in the mid-1980s. It was priced at well under a dollar. I got way more than that in value from reading Yoko Ono’s wry, brief artistic scripts. It was the beginning of a concept of Ono beyond the negative stereotypes.