About UsThe Book House, Inc has operated for over 20 years, as an open shop, a
booksearch company, and an on-Line Store under the ownership of bookseller
Michelle Barron and her family.
We are located in a charming Historic Victorian House, built in 1865, about
15 minutes from downtown St. Louis where an eclectic mix of quality rare,
out-of-print, new, and used books are tucked into nine rooms on three floors
of winding staircases, filled with nooks and crannies and a dungeon we call
the "Bargain Basement". Our house is patrolled by two store cats Chaucer
and Blake as well as at least one documented ghost.
Our extensive used, rare, and out-of-print holdings have been collected over
many years, and represent some of the finest books available in the
Midwest. We have especially wonderful selections of children's and
illustrated books, 19th and 20th century literature, poetry, drama, Military
History, Art, Architecture, and Photography. Our science fiction, cookbook,
philosophy, religion, and mystery collections are huge!
Although we began by selling used and rare books, The Book House has evolved
to carry a wide selection of new and front list books as well. We work with
distributors, publishers, and many individual authors to carry an eclectic
selection of quality new books, small press, self published, and limited
editions as well as most of the Independent Booksellers Booksense Picks, a
great selection of art, children's and adult literature, St. Louis and
Missouri items. (We can order ANYTHING!) We often host author
booksignings, bookclubs, and events. Check our calendar for upcoming happenings!
Our website has sprung up as a new way to reach our customers and a tool to
help you in your quest for great books! Search OUR INVENTORY database
through left search bars or browse catalogues on the lower right. At last
count we estimated that our 35,000 books listed here are less than 10% of
what we actually have IN STOCK. We BUY books every day (hundreds -
sometimes thousands - per week) and catalogue SOME of them each week, but
we will never have them ALL (or even close to all of them) in the computer.
So browse our listings, place an order or request through the SECURE
SHOPPING CART - but if you don't see something listed here - we might still
have it, and we almost definately can get it, so CONTACT US, or come by our
We also have a BOOKS in PRINT search which is GREAT! You can browse all the
latest titles (as well as thousands of obscure ones). Use the upper right
search bar, type in author, title, and/or keywords. Click on the blue titles
for pictures and review information. These are BRAND NEW BOOKS that are
available through our distributor and we can get them quickly (usually
within 5 to 7 days). You can pick your order up at our store, or have us
ship directly to you
We have an extensive International Search Service. Our staff has been
doing book searches for more than 18 years and have many trade connections
to help locate hard to find items. Send us your requests! Also, we are
always looking for unusual and hard to find books and book collections.
You may check our Wantlist for items
we are currently seeking to purchase.