Before they began transmitting knowledge through the printed word, humans were beholden to inefficient methods of communication, such as signal fires and sending each other comets. Seek understanding efficaciously with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of books at The Book House.
Nestled into a Victorian home built in 1863, The Book House has gathered tomes from sundry auctions and suppliers throughout the last quarter of a century, compiling them in an expansive papery collection of over 350,000 items. New and used books climb to the ceiling in printed towers alongside heavily laden shelves that line nine rooms across three spacious floors and a bargain basement. A keen sense of iambic pentameter will help treasure-seeking customers discover rare and out-of-print copies interspersed among the paperback and fabric-bound multitudes. Trendy typesetters can paw over a copy of a new novel, such as recent Pulitzer Prize–winner A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan ($14.95 paperback) or engage with all manners of nonfiction, including the magisterial Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff ($29.99) and the long-awaited first installment of Mark Twain’s autobiography ($34.95), which entertains readers while he finishes writing the rest. Quick-moving bargain bookstock ($3 and less) takes up residence in the house’s basement, lovingly referred to as the dungeon.
The Book House is structured with Victorian-period architectural accouterments, such as winding staircases and the exceedingly upright ghosts of literati past, and houses many hideouts for Blake, the shop's resident cat and Romantic-poetry expert. Both the Second Chapter Life Center for young adults with developmental disabilities and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition receive a portion of The Book House’s proceeds. Additionally, The Book House takes in donations of used books to benefit nonprofit programs through the Second Chapter Center.
The Book House
The Book House is a family-owned and operated book store that's been a local favorite since it first opened in 1986. Culled from hundreds of collections, auctions, suppliers, and rogue librarians in the past 30 years, the books range from new to rare to out of print, covering any subject from history and philosophy to graphic novels and children's books. While The Book House has a passion for giving older books a second life, over 50% of their collection is comprised of new and frontlist titles, as well as greeting cards, gifts, blank journals, and coloring books. The shop also hosts a variety of events, including book signings, open mic nights, and other events featuring authors, artists, and musicians.
9719 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63119