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Revolutionary Bunny Book Sends Kids to Slumber


File this under “must be too good to be true”.

According to the Telegraph and others, a self-published children’s book is zooming up the bestsellers’ lists due to its reputation for sending children to dreamland quickly and easily. The book is called The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep by Swedish author and behavioral scientist (and former psychology student) Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, and after reviews from grateful and surprised parents started piling up on Amazon, the book is now purported to be outselling heavy hitters like Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee to take the #1 spot.

With characters like the Heavy-Eyed Owl, Uncle Yawn and the Sleep Snail, the book doesn’t sound very different from any one of the other countless kids’ books intended to help make bedtime easier. But Ehrlin claims there’s more to it than that – he wrote the book with deliberate intentions in mind, and it comes with specific instructions for parents to read the book aloud, and slowly, with a mind on gentle hypnotic suggestion, including the child’s name throughout. According to him, and many, the formula works to lull excited young minds to sleep surprisingly quickly.

As of today, the reviews on Amazon.com look quite divided, with 86% of users scoring the book 4 or 5 stars, but the other 14% all in the one-star camp. There are no two or three-star reviews whatsoever. Snippets from a few of the five-star selections read as follows: “Last night was the first time she tried it. My niece fell asleep halfway into the book!!!!”, “We’ve read countless other stories over the past year to try to get them on the same page with a wind down feeling, but nothing has worked except this book.”, and “My two year old daughter always fights sleep. It normally takes 1 -2 hours, and she was out cold within minutes.”, while the one-star reviews seem to all be satire (“Do not listen to this audiobook while driving – I fell asleep and crashed my car!”) or less-than-credible (“This sounds like meditation, which is linked to evil spirits and Satan!”).

As the parent of an almost-two-year-old with another one on the way, I’m not surprised at all that parents are willing to spend the money (price point seems to be $15-$20 on average) to give it a try. There are few things for terrifying than an overstimulated, overtired child. I’ll be picking it up for our house, and will report back later.

10 Memorable, Unusual Cookbooks

Over all the years of book love, I’ve come across so many weird and wonderful books, from rare and collectible automobile repair manuals to children’s potty-training books to unimaginably beautiful books of art and everything in between. Some of my favorites have been cookbooks. Since we all eat, you’d think cookbooks would bring out our commonalities, and the basic truths that apply to everyone. Instead, wonderfully, I’ve been amazed at the huge variety I come across. From different countries, different dietary requirements, and different tastes, it seems we can’t get enough of trying new and surprising ways to enjoy food. Here are 10 of the more memorable cookbooks I’ve found. Some are notably weird.


Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: A Computer-Generated Cookbook
IBM’s cognitive computing system “Watson”, made famous by appearances on Jeopardy, tries its circuitry at something better than trivia – cooking. In a creative attempt to break free of culinary ruts and open the minds of chefs to new flavor combinations, project members at IBM trained Watson, by inputting tens of thousands of recipes, flavor profiles, chemical composition of foods, complementary ingredients and the like, and Watson “learned”. This book of computer-generated recipes is a perfect example of the science behind cooking.

Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s is among my favorite places on Earth. Perhaps in part because I’m Canadian and can’t go there often, it holds an allure unlike any other store. Full of carefully curated selections of healthy, fun food, some fresh and whole, some partially prepared, and some convenient and ready to eat, it’s also the home of cheap wine and beer, and the best customer service ever. If I lived in the United States, I’d buy this cookbook.

Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from the Times-Picayune of New Orleans
New Orleans is absolutely one of the premier food cities in North America, with a rich history of southern recipes passed down generation to generation. With the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, many of those recipes were lost, and could have stayed that way. However, post-hurricane, the Times-Picayune newspaper became a forum for people to add and share their recipes, post pleas for a particular lost recipe, and start to rebuild the flavour of the city one dish at a time. Edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker, Cooking Up A Storm offers 250 of the authentic, tasty recipes that readers came together to share, as well as the stories behind them.

The Portlandia Cookbook by Armisen, Brownstein & Krisel
The companion cookbook to the hit show Portlandia by the Emmy-nominated stars and writers Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, with 50 delicious recipes for every food lover, freegan, organic farmer, and food truck diehard. This is a funny cookbook with serious recipes for anyone who loves food. And yes, the chicken’s local.

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good by Kara Zuaro
Taking its title from punk rock pioneers The Descendents, I Like Food, Food Tastes Good is a fantastic compilation of recipes contributed by various bands. I admit I was skeptical – surely the Descendents would offer up something terrifying: “Gather the empties from around yer house. Pour the half-inch from each bottle into a pot. Watch for butts. Stir.” I envisioned ‘recipes’ involving nothing more than fast food eaten in a gas station bathroom. But I was completely wrong, and very pleased with the result. The cookbook isn’t just amusing for fans of the bands or people who want a quirky read – it’s also a real cookbook, with over a dozen things I was immediately dying to try out.

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by Frank DeCaro
In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen, Frank DeCaro—the flamboyantly funny Sirius XM radio personality best known for his six-and-a-half-year stint as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—collects hundreds of recipes passed on from legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves chefs.

Literary Feasts: Recipes from the Classics of Literature by Barbara Scrafford
A collection of insightful essays on food accompanied by a host of recipes, Literary Feasts explores the significance of food in literature. Each featured meal–from Madame Bovary’s wedding feast of chicken fricassee, to Doc’s beer milkshake from Cannery Row –has been set down in recipe form as authentically as possible so readers may duplicate them at home.

Cooking in the Nude for Playful Gourmets by Stephen and Debbie Cornwell
Intrigued? Fair enough. I for one am unable to wonder about the recipes without horrifying images of badly-splashed bacon fat dancing in my head. Sharp knives, graters and slicers, and high temperatures just don’t lend themselves to naked prancing, in my books. Still, you’ve got to admit, it’s memorable.

Roald Dahl’s Cookbook
Roald Dahl did write some ghastly, wonderfully gross cookbooks for children. This is not one of those, though. This book is a mixture of anecdotes covering Roald Dahl’s family, his childhood, and his happiness at home with Liccy, his wife, and their numerous children, grandchildren and friends. For this extensive family, there is no more enjoyable way of relaxing than sharing good food and wine. The meals they enjoy together round the old pine farmhouse table at Gipsey House are either fine examples of national dishes of their heritage – Norwegian, French, British, etc – or favourite recipes that have delighted three generations of discerning eaters. Many recipes have acquired a particular significance for the Dahl family over the years, and these are introduced with reminiscences rich in nostalgia and humour.

A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent and Mary Price
One of the most revered and collectible cookbooks of the 20th century, Vincent and Mary Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes has stood the test of time. It now seems clear that one of the reasons this book has become a classic is not merely the recipes. This book captures an entire
lifestyle — the Postwar, globe-trotting, Pan Am, waiters in bow ties, gourmet lifestyle. This is a Mad Men book. No quick-to-the-table Betty Crocker conveniences here. Everything about this book screams “gracious dining.” The Prices in their kitchen with gleaming copper pots. The reproductions of pages from vintage menus. The word “Luncheon.” The two-color pen and ink illustrations. The padded leatherette binding with silk bookmark. This is not to say that the Prices are snobbish. They’re cultured. And the scope and level of detail they bring to this book is loving and extraordinary.

Insider Recap of the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

Today we have a guest post from Zoe Abrams, winner of one of the ABAA-sponsored scholarships to this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Zoe was kind enough to recount her experiences at the seminar. Reproduced below:



On the first day of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS), Terry Belanger stood solemnly in front of our class and commanded us to “follow the rulebook with supine acquiescence.” We were feverishly scribbling collational formulae in our notebooks as he added, “The fact that it is ridiculous is totally irrelevant.” The group let out a communal chuckle and went on copying the ever-expanding equations projected on the wall.

Terry was referring specifically to the Ur-text of bibliography by Fredson Bowers, a rulebook every cataloguer knows and loves to bemoan; but the general idea of “following the rules” served us well throughout the week. The CABS faculty, all authorities on books and bookselling, gave us many rules to work and live by, including: hone in on and own your specialty, find your voice, and identify your ideal customer. Inherent in these directions is the notion that bookselling is an individualistic endeavor; every bookseller has her own way of doing things that may not work for the next guy. Some rules, however, apply across the board, regardless of personal modus operandi: be patient, don’t be a jerk, always look at books closely, and sell, sell, sell.

An economist might envision the CABS microcosm teeming with competitive species chasing the same prey. Au contraire! Booksellers are the first to tell you that each one of us has a niche and our diversity keeps the community alive. Common interest in books unites rather than divides us, or “Amor librorum nos unit,” as the ILAB motto reads. This at least partially explains the astonishing generosity of the CABS faculty, who put their lives on pause for a week to teach potential “competitors” tricks of the trade; and accounts for the twelve separate scholarship funds for CABS students. I received an ABAA scholarship to attend, and will do my very best to pay it forward.


In my childhood home we had a coffee mug with a Far Side cartoon of a frazzled scientist pointing at a formula on a blackboard above the caption, “Einstein discovers that time is actually money.” This revelation won’t be news to any bookseller, but it has new meaning for me as I find myself with more time than money, i.e., being self-employed. No amount of work experience – assisting some of the best dealers in the trade – adequately prepares you for being your own boss. Osmosis only gets you so far. CABS is the missing piece, a boot camp for like-minded people communicating in the same specialized language and helping each other achieve success.

It’s no wonder that dealers at the head of thriving businesses still flock to Colorado Springs for a week of intensive study and conversation with colleagues from across the globe (there was a particularly large contingent of Australians, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met). At CABS, you can ask any question on the subject of books and receive thoughtful answers from some of the greatest minds in the “bibliomundo,” as my classmate Cynthy Buffington calls the community of booksellers, -collectors, and -preservers. There is always more to learn, and adaptability behooves us all.

This year’s guest speakers were Katherine Reagan, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Cornell, home of the nation’s premier Hip Hop Collection; and Garrett Scott, dealer in obscurities with a focus on “books and pamphlets on dead-end byways of American thought,” including the topics Utopia, doom, sex, and “old weird America.”

Boring, right?

Katherine’s keynote address on “Why Curators Love Booksellers” set a collegial, humorous tone for the week while imparting valuable advice on building relationships with librarians. She also reminded us that scholarship drives institutional collecting, so booksellers should stay attuned to changing tastes. Although Hip Hop culture may not appeal to everyone, no one can honestly deny its cultural significance.

Garrett’s mid-week talk, peppered with slides and anecdotes, made us all grateful to be in the same profession, which he likened to the D.I.T.C. (“Digging in the Crates Crew,” a New York Hip Hop group that made its name sampling old records). Booksellers like Garrett constantly “remix” old material in new ways. As Katherine suggested a couple of days earlier, this might be the best approach ever to long term success in the book business. Our mission as booksellers, should we choose to accept it, is to “rescue forgotten voices,” and retell their stories in such a way as to “make the buyer feel the same emotion you did when you bought the thing” (Garrett). More than one of us cried tears of joy during Garrett’s inspirational, aspirational description of his personal philosophy. I even overheard an esteemed librarian wondering, briefly, why he ever switched sides.


We’ve all heard the old adage, “You must have the cheapest copy, best copy, or only copy” (Bill Reese, et al.). Here’s an additional sampling of pithy advice from the week in Colorado: “Don’t trust, do verify” (Nina Musinsky), “Independence is everything” (Sally Burdon), “Make lists” (Dan DeSimone), and “Don’t mess with the archive” (Steve Smith). Sadly, Nina, Sally, Dan, and Steve all surrendered their CABS lanyards this year. Who can imagine the week without their bonhomie, not to mention Nina’s expertise on early books; Sally’s marketing strategies; Dan’s firsthand tips on selling to libraries; and Steve’s inside scoop on acquisition policy? It’s clear from their rapport in and outside the classroom that the CABS teachers enjoy the seminar just as much as the students, and the four departing faculty will be missed terribly by everyone. Listening to them and Lorne Bair, Brian Cassidy, Terry Belanger, and Rob Rulon-Miller talking shop, you got a sense not only of the group’s command of the book business, but also of their camaraderie, built over time and transactions.

On the last day of CABS many students expressed that they would have difficulty describing the week to people back home. At the closing dinner, John Bell was inspired by his conversation with Lorne to ascend the podium and read “Poetic Terrorism,” by Hakim Bey. “Pick someone at random & convince them they’re the heir to an enormous, useless & amazing fortune…,” he implored. “[They] will perhaps be driven as a result to seek out some more intense mode of existence.” There couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the week. Graduates of CABS share in a vast sum of knowledge and friendship that will enhance both our careers and our lives.

“The Places You’ll Feed!” – Dr. Seuss Meets Breastfeeding

Despite what millions of commercials (and the rare, very lucky woman who finds it a breeze) would have you believe, breastfeeding is a lot of work, and comes neither easily nor naturally to many women. From physical discomfort and challenges to low milk supply, hellish pumps and supplements, to gawking and disapproving strangers, it’s an ongoing process. It isn’t even possible for everyone, and for the lucky ones who are able, it takes a lot of dedication, commitment and practice.

Lauren Hirshfield Belden, a California mother of two, struggled painfully with the challenges while breastfeeding her first daughter in 2012. The experience remained with her, and prompted her to humorously reach out to other mothers via a book called “The Places You’ll Feed!” all about breastfeeding, modeled after Dr. Seuss’ iconic book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!.

Here’s a sneak peek:












Amazon’s Top 10 Books: August 2015

Here we are again – time for the book editors at Amazon to give us their ten best bets for the books to read this month. I’m excited, because this month, there isn’t a single author I’ve ever read before. All fresh meat for me! Huzzah!

Here are the 10 books recommended by Amazon book editors this month, plus, of course, the debut spotlighted book.

This month’s spotlighted book is Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal, where food meets literature.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is the summer’s most hotly-anticipated debut.

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.”


And the rest of the recommendations:


Infinite Home: A Novel by Kathleen Alcott



Days of Awe: A Novel by Lauren Fox



Rising Strong by Brené Brown



Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne



Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel by Ivan Doig



Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford



Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey



Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel by Jennine Capó Crucet



The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward



In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware


Rare Book about Cigar Store Figures Sells for $1,550

An exceptionally rare book about cigar store figures has sold for $1,550 on the AbeBooks.com marketplace. Hunting Indians in a Taxi-Cab by Kate Sanborn has an eye-catching title and also contains valuable photographic evidence of a rather forgotten form of advertising. Published in 1911, this small book has just 74 pages and about 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches in size.

Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab by Kate Sanborn

The author appears to have toured the east coast of the United States looking for cigar store figures, which were still commonplace during this era. Sanborn’s black and white photos (see below), usually four to a page, accompanies her text where she describes the location and the condition of the figures.

Cigar store figures hold a special place in American retail history and wooden Native Americans are their most famous form. They were developed because retailers needed visual methods of advertising due to low literacy levels. Native Americans were used to advertise tobacco because they had introduced the early colonists to the plant and its uses, and there was a connection. The figures varied in size from a few feet tall to life-size models that must have been very striking on sidewalks.

Obviously, these figures became less popular due their racial stereotyping and also rules around what could be placed on a sidewalk. A former professor at Smith College in Massachusetts, Kate Sanborn (1839-1917) was an author and lecturer. Her book reveals that cigar store figures went beyond Native Americans and included many recognizable characters – such a baseball player and a hunter – from American society.

The book was sold by Judy Brothers of The Bookstack from Willow Springs in Missouri. She said: “I believe that most of the figures were in New York or Baltimore.  I was not aware of the variety of the figures before I looked through this book and saw women, a policeman, Punch, Jim Crow, and others.”

The book is extremely rare. There are no other copies for sale on AbeBooks and only one other copy has ever sold on our site.

Sanborn has a number of other striking non-fiction books to her name including A Truthful Woman in Southern California, a travel memoir, where she leaves New England for the West Coast in order to recover from illness. She also wrote Adopting an Abandoned Farm where she describes her experiences of running a dilapidated farm in Metcalf, Massachusetts. Humor and dogs were reoccurring themes in her writing – Educated Dogs of To-Day looks into canine intelligence.

I can only imagine but Ms Sanborn must have been quite the character.

A baseball player, jockey, hunter and policeman from Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab

Three Native American cigar store figures and a highland chieftain from Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab.

Four female cigar store figures form Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab

Four Punches from Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab

Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the CIA”. Obviously, I had to learn more about that. And I did. You can read all about the man who smuggled Doctor Zhivago into the light, here, from the KGB’s refusal to allow publication of the book in the Soviet Union, to the CIA’s very real involvement and eventual declassification of documents nearly 60 years later.

During my research, I also discovered the 1958 Pantheon edition of Zhivago (below), complete with many, many black and white illustrations by Alexander Alexeieff.


While I was initially disappointed to not have glossy, full-color illustrations, it ended up feeling so fitting. The more of Zhivago I read, and the more I learned about the climate in which in was written, the more the images seemed perfectly aligned with the book’s contents. And they’re quite beautiful. They’re all black and white. While I don’t know the original medium, I’d be tempted to guess charcoal. Some of the drawings seem crude and undefined in their style, but still manage to convey a strong message and elicit an emotional response. This is just a drop in the bucket- the book is just full of these dark, snowy, stark and telling images.











2015 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s here, it’s here! My bookish little heart is going pitter-pat with joy. The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced.

Many of my favorite books throughout the years have been Booker nominees or winners, so I trust the committee’s selections implicitly. Since its inception in 1969, the Booker prize has been awarded to the best novel of the year written by an author from UK, the British Commonwealth, or Ireland. Happily, last year the committee first included American authors as well, broadening the talent pool further. This year’s longlist includes authors from Jamaica, Ireland, Nigeria, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. No Canada this year. Too bad. There are some big names on the list – Anne Enright, Marilynne Robinson, and Anne Tyler – and some debut novelists as well. I’m excited to see what’s what.

Here is the list of all 13 Booker semi-finalists:














The longlist of 12 will be painfully whittled down to a shortlist of six books, which will be announced on Tuesday, Stepember 15th in London.

Those six finalists will be further narrowed to the one and only 2015 Booker Prize winner, to be revealed on Tuesday, October 13th, which will be live-streamed by the BBC.

Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for $1,556

Go Set a WatchmanA misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for $1,556 (£988) on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel.

The Guardian had reported:

A number of the first 25,000 copies of Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman are missing paragraphs and sentences from the final pages – with many readers complaining it has tainted their reading of the book. It is unknown how many of the books purchased are missing the pieces of text.

The novel, a sequel to Lee’s 1960 debut, To Kill a Mockingbird, sold more than 105,000 copies in the UK on its first day of release. According to publisher Penguin Random House, the misprint occurred after an error at the printers resulted in six pages towards the end of the UK edition having missing lines.

In a statement the publisher added: “Due to an error in the printing process a limited number of copies of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman are faulty. Replacement copies are currently being printed and the situation will be resolved swiftly.”

“It was just incredibly frustrating,” said Mike Bell, who pre-ordered the book so it would arrive on the day of its release. “It seems a shame to mess up the printing on such a historic book. There were several sentences that were incomplete or missing entirely and it just really bothers you and disrupts your reading. I’ve got a new copy coming so I’m going to go back and reread those pages but it’s a bit late now.”

Well, Mr Bell’s flawed copy potentially has some value. Let hope he didn’t throw it away. There are no other misprinted copied listed for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace right now and it appears the misprints are limited to the UK. The buyer who purchased this particular book was not located in the UK.

Some collectors enjoy picking up literary oddities and these misprinted Watchmen books definitely fall into that category.

Step into Eureka Books – a literary goldmine in Northern California

Eureka Books in Northern California

The word ‘Eureka’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘I have found it’ and I almost shouted those very words after reaching Eureka Books, a wonderful bookshop nestled in a corner of Northern California.

We’d driven south for five hours, give or take an hour or two, from the glorious sand dunes of Southern Oregon that inspired Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, Dune, so Eureka Books was a most welcome sight at the time.

Eureka Books stands proudly in the historic district of a rough-around-the-edges town on the shores of Humboldt Bay. It could be argued that it’s an odd place for a bookshop but there’s actually another used bookstore a little further down the block. Unless you are doing a road trip down the Pacific Coast on Highway 101 (and you should) then you will probably never pass through Eureka, which is a bit of shame because this bookshop is a real treasure. (I must add there is a most unusual building in the town called the Carson Mansion, which is also worth seeing – see below.)

Eureka Books offers a wide range of books

Open seven days a week, Eureka Books is located in a red and white Victorian storefront built in 1879. The building has had several incarnations including as a saloon. Outside, there is a Zoltar fortune telling machine, which fans of Tom Hanks will remember from the 1988 movie Big. There is a tall airy interior which opens into a second floor as you venture further in – you feel it’s a building full of stories and that those tales go way beyond books.

Scott Brown is co-owner of Eureka Books and his previous position as editor of Fine Books & Collections Magazine involved plenty of storytelling. Scott’s wife Amy Stewart is also a co-owner and she’s in the storytelling business too as an author – her green-fingered books include Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, Flower Confidential and The Drunken Botanist. Both Scott and Amy knew this bookshop well before the opportunity arose to acquire the business.

The store, which is a member of the ABA (American Booksellers Association) and ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America) offers new, used and rare books that appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers. Scott has been careful to ensure the store is not cluttered.

You will notice signed copies of Amy’s books alongside the latest releases upon entering the store. Rare and antiquarian books are displayed in glass cabinets down the walls. Used and out-of-print books become more plentiful as you work your way through the shelves.

It is very much a community bookshop with signings by local authors and involvement in the local arts scene. That community feel extends to the internet where Eureka offers a vibrant blog and also online versions of its rare book catalogs.

You will find around 5,000 of their books listed on AbeBooks.com – again carefully curated. Their inventory stretches from many interesting books about Humboldt County to the California Gold Rush and books about books, and much more.

If you are ever in these neck of the woods, you know what to do.

The view from the second floor of Eureka Books

Upstairs at Eureka Books

From paperbacks to coffee-table books…

Plenty of books related to Hollywood

There are also rare and out-of-print books galore

And the Carson Mansion, one of Eureka’s other attractions