The Front Table Subscription Service

The Front Table Subscription Service

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Since 1961, curious readers of all types have gathered around the Seminary Co-op’s Front Table, joined in the act of discovery. Heads down and shuffling slowly left or right, these browsers have found on the table an unmatched selection of academic texts and serious non-fiction, pathbreaking scholarship and incisive criticism, all works that surprise and delight their readers.

 

Appealing to that same spirit of curiosity, the Seminary Co-op is excited to announce our new Front Table subscription boxes. The bi-monthly service offers recent releases in literature, philosophy, history, religion, science and mathematics, arts and criticism, and the social sciences, and from UChicago faculty, specially selected by our buyers for the discerning general reader. 

 

Join today and you’ll find your way into lively conversations with classic authors and contemporary thinkers. Sign up your favorite reader or treat yourself to a year’s worth of discovery—from our Front Table to your front door!

Subscription Options

We offer four tiers of subscription with many category options. Full descriptions of each category are available below.

Looking to pair your own subscription with a gift to a fellow reader or two? Or to give multiple gifts at once? Or just to stock your own shelves? With our subscription bundles, you can purchase several subscriptions together and really grow your to-be-read pile. 

The Paperback Front Table ($150) - Choose from non-fiction or literature (descriptions listed below)

The Classic Front Table ($250) - Choose from one of nine categories (listed below)

Double Bundle ($350) - 1 x Classic Front Table (any category) and 1 x Paperback Front Table (either category)

Triple Bundle ($450) - 1 x Classic Front Table (any category) and 2 x Paperback Front Table (either category)

If you want to support our curatorial efforts or otherwise safeguard our iconic Front Table, consider giving a financial gift today or adding a gift when you purchase a subscription. 

How do I sign up?

To sign up, simply fill out this form, and then submit payment through the secure checkout page that pops up afterward. Your card will be charged only once, right after you submit card information. For each box, you'll receive six books over the course of twelve months, with a book arriving every other month.

 

Renewing?

We're so glad you'll be here another year! If you'd like to stay at the same level, you can use an abbreviated version of our enrollment form. You can make note of an address change or a category change on the form.

 

If you'd like to change to a different level (from Classic to Paperback or from Classic to Double Bundle, say), please fill out an entirely new form.

 

Looking for more info?

See our selections from previous months here.

 

Find more info on our Subscription FAQ page.

 

Subscription Products

The Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Front Table
Custom text: | $250.00

The Front Table

 

Like a lap around the table itself, the Front Table subscription provides a representative selection of new releases from across all our subscription categories, featuring challenging, incisive books for the inquisitive and adventurous reader. No specialized knowledge required to enjoy the latest and most exciting titles in literature, philosophy, history, religion, science and mathematics, arts and criticism, and the social sciences, and from UChicago faculty. The next best thing to browsing itself. Click here to order.  

The Paperback Browser Front Table Subscription

Paperback Front Table Subscription
Custom text: | $150.00

Hardcovers weighing you down? Our Paperback Browser Front Table option offers all the heft of the Front Table in a lighter form. No specialized knowledge required to enjoy these challenging, incisive titles in literature, philosophy, history, religion, science and mathematics, arts and criticism, and the social sciences, and from UChicago faculty. The next best thing to browsing itself. Click here to order.

Arts and Criticism Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Arts and Criticism
Custom text: | $250.00

The Arts and Criticism Front Table

 

The very best of recent art, music, and literary criticism arrives at your door with our Arts and Criticism Front Table. Page through critical biographies like Amanda Sewell’s Wendy Carlos; challenge assumptions about the history of art with works like The Pensive Image by Hanneke Grootenboer; and expand your literary imagination with titles like Being Property Once Myself by Joshua Bennett. Click here to order.

History Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - History
Custom text: | $250.00

The History Front Table

 

A browse through the Co-op’s history stacks takes you back through the millennia and around the globe. Now take that trip without leaving your house, reading books like Alaric the Goth by Douglas Boin, The Black Civil War Soldier by Deborah Willis, and The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel. Click here to order.

Literature Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Literature
Custom text: | $250.00

The Literature Front Table

 

Flip past the bestseller list and find emerging masters and rediscovered classics in fiction, verse, and essay form. The Literature Front Table features titles like Can Xue’s I Live in the Slums, Claire Messud’s Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, and Machado de Assis’s Posthumous Memoirs of Brás CubasClick to order.

 

Paperback Literature Front Table Subscription

Paperback Literature Front Table Subscription
Custom text: | $150.00

Flip past the bestseller list and find emerging masters and rediscovered classics, all paperback, in fiction, verse, and essay form. The Paperback Literature Front Table features titles like Can Xue’s I Live in the Slums, Claire Messud’s Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, and Machado de Assis’s Posthumous Memoirs of Brás CubasClick here to order.

Philosophy Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Philosophy
Custom text: | $250.00

The Philosophy Front Table


Want to learn How to Be Content or How Socrates Became Socrates? Look no further than the Philosophy Front Table, featuring selections from the Co-op’s expansive, renowned stacks. Find titles like Seeing Silence by Mark Taylor, In the Shadow of Justice by Katrina Forrester, and Emotion and Virtue by Gopal Sreenivasan and start living an examined life from the comfort of your armchair. Click here to order.

Religion Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Religion
Custom text: | $250.00

The Religion Front Table

 

From rousing spiritual memoirs to comparative studies of agency and will in belief systems, the Religion Front Table takes a reasoned view of world religions in our own age. Like the Co-op’s theology sections, the Religion Front Table will challenge believers and skeptics alike. Crack open books like Howard Thurman and the Disinherited by Paul Harvey, Art and Faith by Makoto Fujimura, and Among the Eunuchs by Leyla Jagiella. Click here to order.

Science and Mathematics Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Science and Mathematics
Custom text: | $250.00

The Science and Mathematics Front Table

 

From AI to eels and from logic to lab politics, the Science and Mathematics Front Table offers incisive books to the intrepid general reader. Dive into titles like Henry M. Cowles’s The Scientific Method, Yolande Strengers and Jenny Kennedy’s The Smart Wife, and Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Metazoa. Click here to order.

Social Sciences Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - Social Sciences
Custom text: | $250.00

The Social Sciences Front Table

 

The Social Sciences Front Table offers critical, timely reads in politics, urban studies, economics, and beyond. Books like Pablo Sendra and Richard Sennett’s Designing Disorder, Nancy Leong’s Identity Capitalists, and Frank Wilderson III’s Afropessimism investigate the persistent challenges of contemporary society. Click here to order.

UChicago Faculty Front Table Subscription

Front Table Subscription - UChicago Faculty
Custom text: | $250.00

The UChicago Faculty Front Table

  

Trying to keep up with the latest research coming out of the University of Chicago? With books like Rosanna Warren’s Max Jacob, Sianne Ngai’s Theory of the Gimmick, and Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo’s Clio’s Laws, our Faculty Front Table will keep you up to date on scholarship at the forefront of its field. Click here to order.