Volume 59: Homegoing
Since 2008, Powell's Books of Portland, OR has run a book club/subscription service that sends a new, autographed hardcover book in a custom slipcase to its subscribers. Each mailing is accompanied with notes on the selected book and a surprise selection of extra items.
HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi
I'm really excited about this month's selected book! I don't know much about Homegoing but one of my co-workers has been absolutely RAVING about it for weeks, and her enthusiasm makes me want to drop what I'm currently reading and dive in.
Like all Indiespensable books, Homegoing is signed by the author and comes in a custom slipcase. It's so simple, yet elegant. I love the way these slipcases look when they're all lined up on my shelves. A small yellow chapbook is also included with the book that includes an interview with Yaa Gyasi.
SCRIPTA NOTEBOOK (BLANK PAGES)
This is just the sort of notebook I'm always looking for! It has unlined blank pages, a pocket on the back cover for miscellaneous bits of paper, an elastic band so the book won't fly open when jostled in a bag, and it's roughly 8" x 6" so it's quite portable. This is great!
PENTALIC ILLUSTRATION PENS
When I'm not geeking out about notebooks, I can get pretty obsessive about pens. I'm not a snob, by which I mean I don't have a brand that I'm strictly loyal to, but one of the easiest ways to put a smile on my face is to tell me to go to Office Depot and pick up some new pens for the office. I'll spend an hour poring over the different features and testing the smoothness of the ink flow.
I think it's so cool that Powell's is encouraging Indiespensable subscribers to express themselves. Whether this notebook gets used for taking notes on books while you're reading or for making diary entries or observational sketches, it's a fun, bookish thing to include.