About a week ago, the Mercury News ran an article called Bay Area's used bookstores: A dog-eared guide. The author of the article listed 10 used bookstores in the Bay Area that are worth visiting. I was happy, nay thrilled, to see Recycle's 2 stores (on The Alameda in San Jose and on Campbell Avenue in Campbell, which is where I roost on Sunday mornings) on the list. Here are the 10.
BookBuyers. Named Best Bookstore of 2013 by the Mountain View Voice. 317 Castro
St., Mountain View, 650-968-7323, www.bookbuyers.com.
Dark Carnival. A sci-fi/fantasy paradise. 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley,
Know Knew Books. Only open a few months, it's the opposite of the dusty/musty
bookstore. Open, airy and vintage jewelry too. 366 State St., Los Altos,
Moe's Books. Berkeley's famous Telegraph Avenue store was recently honored with
a historic plaque for its 55 years in business. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley,
Street Books. Lew Cohen opened the shop five years ago after 30 years as a
private investigator. 301 South B St., San Mateo, 650-343-2800, www.bstreetbooks.com.
6) The Book Shop. A
downtown Hayward institution, The Book Shop has been in business since 1960.
1007 B St., Hayward, 510-538-3943, www.haywardbookshop.com.
Recycle Books. More than 100,000 titles are in stock at the two South Bay
locations. The bookstore cats are faves with customers. 1066 The Alameda, San
Jose, 408-286-6275, and 275 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, 408-370-3514. http://recyclebookstore.com.
Books. Vintage paperbacks from the 1940s to 1970s with the suggestive slogan,
"Is that a paperback in your pocket, or are you just happy to see
me?" 814 Post St., San Francisco, 415-749-0554, www.kayobooks.com.
9) Swan's Fine Books.
1381 Locust St., Walnut Creek. Another new shop, this store was opened in May
2013 by Laurelle Swan, formerly in the software sales industry. 925-935-1190, http://swansfinebooks.com.
Books. Books are shelved to the rafters in this labyrinthine store. 4163
Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-653-7300, www.spectatorbooks.com