Second Skin Books is dedicated to crafting physical art objects out of literary fiction. We devote our energies to one project at a time, creating a limited but dynamic catalogue of one-of-a-kind books.

In 2011, husband-and-wife team Nathaniel and Jessie T. Kressen decided to make and sell a hand-made edition of his novel Concrete Fever. The two stitched, numbered, and painted every copy in a run of 250, regularly selling out of stock in Brooklyn stores throughout the next year.

On June 6, 2013, the trade paperback edition of Concrete Fever was released, marking the launch of Second Skin Books. The title went on to become a bestseller at NYC’s legendary Strand Book Store.

Here’s a list of stores where we can be found:

NYC, Brooklyn, Queens:
The Astoria Bookshop – Astoria
Better Than Jam – Bushwick
Blue Stockings – Lower East Side
Book Culture (fka Labyrinth) – Morningside Heights
Brooklyn Oenology Winery Tasting Room – Williamsburg
Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Greene
Left Bank Books – West Village
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe – Nolita
McNally Jackson – Nolita
Mellow Pages Library – Bushwick
Molasses Books – Bushwick
Olly Oxen Free Vintage – East Williamsburg
Spoonbill & Sugartown – Williamsburg
St. Mark’s Bookshop – East Village
Strand Book Store – Union Square
Word Bookstore – Greenpoint

California:
The Henry Miller Library – Big Sur
Skylight Books – Los Angeles
Alley Cat Books – San Francisco
Christopher’s Books – San Francisco
Dog Eared Books – San Francisco
Press Works on Paper – San Francisco
Wonderland SF Gallery & Boutique – San Francisco

Connecticut:
Bank Square Books – Mystic
The Red Barn – Woodbridge
Woodbridge Public Library – Woodbridge

Illinois:
Quimby’s Bookstore – Chicago

Louisiana:
Maple Street Bookshop – New Orleans

Massachusetts:
New England Mobile Book Fair – Newton Highlands

New Jersey:
Montclair Book Center – Montclair

New York:
The Golden Notebook – Woodstock

Oregon:
Cloud and Leaf Books – Manzanita
Readers Guide – Salem

Pennsylvania:
Farley’s Bookshop – New Hope
Bindlestiff Books – Philadelphia
Amazing Books – Pittsburgh
Copacetic Comics – Pittsburgh

Texas:
Monkey Wrench Books – Austin

Virginia:
Bookworks – Staunton

Washington:
Bellingham Alternative Library – Bellingham
Page 2 Books – Burien
Last Word Books & Press – Olympia
Orca Books – Olympia

Online:
Second Skin Books – Online Store
Amazon – Online Listing
Etsy – Online Store

We’re also available in whatever eBook format you desire:
Kobo – Featured Listing
Smashwords – all e-book formats available
iTunes Store
Barnes & Noble

Here are some process photos of the bookbinding and gallery release.

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