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Debut issue! A chronicle of our adventures in used book hunting. Issue 1 covers NYC's East Village. Part store review, part book review, part perzine, part travel guide. Includes original photographs and illustrations.

Over the past few years, the two of us (Annie and Tim) have become obsessed with digging through shelves, stacks, boxes, carts, and racks in search of great used book finds. We even plan our vacations around visiting every bookstore we can manage within a given area. So we decided to write Shelf Life as a way of sharing the stories of our adventures in used book hunting. We write about the stores themselves, as well as about the books we found there, and our experiences passing through the various cities we've been to. This first issue focuses on our home turf and on some of our most beloved and frequented shops. Future issues will center around different cities or regions we've visited.

Stores visited in this issue:
- Strand Book Store
- Alabaster Bookshop
- East Village Books

Plus, "Have You Read _____?" - a dispatch from the Strand carts.


"Within seconds of dipping in I was hooked ... What could easily turn into a bunch of Yelp reviews is instead a charming chronicle of Annie’s and Tim’s proclivities, foibles, peeves, and thoughts on used books and book stores. Sigh. The one thought I had as I tried to ration the two issues was 'WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO PUBLISH MORE?'" - Thomas Otto (Hogglestock)

"Two people that I think I’d get along very well with ... A wonderful meditation on the delights of perusing miles of dusty aisles at legendary bookshops like Strand ... A beautifully collaborative zine" - One Minute Zine Reviews (DJ Frederick)

"Their dedication to the printed word is nothing short of inspiring." - Martin Appleby (In Pursuit of Expression, review of issue 2)

36 pages
Black and white
Cardstock cover (in "Strand bag yellow!")
Saddle-stitched (stapled)

Meet the owners of STUDIUMpunctum

Annie Soga
Tim Nicholas
Annie Soga

Shelf Life zine, Issue 1 - East Village, NYC