Tony's Picks

Weller Book Works was founded as Zion Bookstore nearly 90 years ago. Over the years we’ve been known as Sam Weller’s Books and Sam Weller’s Zion Bookstore. We are in our third generation of operations, owned and managed by Tony and Catherine Weller. Our staff includes four generations of Wellers and a remarkable team of book lovers. Our bookstore sells new, used and rare books in a space built to surprise and delight you in historic Trolley Square.

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Silence: Lectures and Writings Cover Image
By John Cage, Kyle Gann (Other)
ISBN: 9780819573650
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - July 6th, 2013

Silence, the first book by rebel composer John Cage, is not only a beautiful book but one of the most philosophically important books I have ever read. Cage's philiosophy is playful, provocative, enlightened and light. It is deep and crazy. Random and sensitive. Silence is on both my list of favorite books and my list of most influential books. I adore it.

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice Cover Image
By Shunryu Suzuki, Trudy Dixon (Editor), Huston Smith (Preface by), Richard Baker (Introduction by), David Chadwick (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781590308493
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Published: Shambhala - June 28th, 2011

You can learn Zen everywhere. But like when climbing a mountain, some paths are easier; some, more scenic. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a lovely read. It is one of my most beloved Zen books.

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Dhalgren Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375706684
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2001

Dhalgren is a complex post-apocalyptic novel. Delany's readers don't pick it but Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace sorts dig it. So do I!