Before books, students had to tote engraved granite slabs all over campus, which is why the most accomplished philosophers gave the best piggyback rides. Enjoy lighter reading material with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of books at Blue Cypress Books.
The shelves at Blue Cypress strain under the wordy girth of more than 12,000 used and new books. Owner and chief bookkeeper Elizabeth B. Ahlquist buys, sells, and trades a massive selection of fiction, nonfiction, art and photography, sci-fi, and other genres. Find new books at market price, used paperbacks from $2.50 to $6.50, and used hardcovers for less than $8.50. Bibliophiles will marvel at Cypress’ trove of antiquarian books and collectibles, filled with ancient spells for better health and perfectly hued grilled-cheese hoagies. Young minds can enlarge to adult capability through Cypress’ wide selection of local, secondhand children’s books. Discover facts and flavors of the area with sections on New Orleans and Louisiana fiction and history and lots of local cookbooks blackened with Cajun flair.
Cypress regularly hosts author readings, discussions, and other events. The store’s book club tackles Mario Vargas Llosa’s The War at the End of the World May 31 and Tom Piazza’s City of Refuge June 28, with the author in attendance wearing copies of his book.
Blue Cypress Books
French children’s books. Rare, local cookbooks. Novels set in the muggy air of Louisiana. All of these tomes line the blonde wood shelves at Blue Cypress Books, home to a trove of more than 12,000 new and high-quality secondhand books. Gathered by the owner and chief bookkeeper, the store’s selection runs the gamut from New York Times bestselling paperbacks to antiquarian sets kept in slipcase in order to guard against spilling coffee or liquid nitrogen on their leather covers. The resident gray-and-white tabby cat, Kitty Meow, lounges amid browsers as they peek at the affordable prices penciled on the inside pages of an extensive youth collection.
Something always seems to be happening at Blue Cypress, too. Children's book readings captivate little ones, and author signings let guests hobnob with professional wordsmiths. The shop also hosts performances of local music as well as monthly book-club meetings, during which locals share favorite recipes for broiling mystery novels.
8126 Oak St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118Get Directions