Meet Andrew

Andrew Peck is our shipping and receiving coordinator.  You may not see him on the bookstore floor very often, but you definitely know his work!  He's the one who unpacks each day's new arrivals and sorts them for shelving.  He also coordinates the flow of books in the other direction, boxing and labeling orders headed out in the mail, including processing all our Brilliant Books Monthly subscription selections for shipping!


Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Traverse City.  I always dreamed of being a mailman, but some dreams are better unattained.  I enjoy sorting books almost as much as reading them, because this way I can get a little bit from a lot of them.


What's on your dream bookshelf?

Infinite books


What are the top five most interesting things about you?

My existential dread alone is worth five things.


If you could host a dinner party for five people, real or fictional, living or dead, whom would you invite?

A random factory worker from 1900, 1910, 1920, 1960, and 1970.


When you're browsing in a bookstore, what's the first shelf you gravitate to?

Philosophy or Science Fiction


What are five books you'll never stop recommending?

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Valis, The Sirens of Titan, New People of the Flat Earth, and Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.  Because they're good.


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Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781846943171
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zero Books - December 16th, 2009

A founding text of the modern online left.  Written in 2009 by the late Mark Fisher in response to the Global Financial Crisis, it diagnoses the state and workings of capitalism in the post USSR world.  An essential read to understand the current American political climate/situation.  —Andrew



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The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572100
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 21st, 2020

"Less is more if there's more of less."  This book explores the ideas underlying the current commercial trend of Minimalism, tracing them back through history.  Phillip Johnson and his austere glass house.  Donald Judd and his relationship with objects.  An Autobiography of Minimalism.  —Andrew


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The Repeater Book of the Occult: Tales from the Darkside Cover Image
By Tariq Goddard (Editor), Eugene Thacker (Editor)
ISBN: 9781913462079
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Repeater - February 9th, 2021

Not only is The Repeater Book of the Occult a collection of classic horror stories, but it is also a reflection on the philosophy of horror itself. The authors represented range from Mark Twain to Edgar Allen Poe to Charlotte Perkins Gillman, and each story has a new critical introduction from the Repeater author who chose it.