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[BHE 385] Book Hunting In The US of A (Part 1)

Book Hunting in the United States of America: Bay Area (Part 1)


Myra here.

My family and I spent around a month in the US sometime in July. It was a combination of a business and leisure trip. While I presented a paper at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, we also spent a great deal of time with family and friends who live in the Bay Area in California.

Naturally, I did some (ok, fine, a lot of) book shopping. Since I went to a number of places, I shall spread out my book hunting expedition posts across several parts. Here is the first one in the Bay Area: Livermore, Los Angeles, Antioch, and Oakley.

Book Hunting in Livermore: Barnes and Noble

Address: Hacienda Crossings, 4972 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

I didn’t really purchase anything while in Barnes and Noble, but I enjoyed window-shopping for books and seeing their selections.

Book Hunting in Los Angeles: Book Off

Address: 1025 Westminster Mall #1042, Westminster, CA 92683

We also went to Los Angeles for an overnight stay. We took Highway One, otherwise known as the scenic route that traversed the Pacific Coast Highway. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Finding this Book Off store was totally serendipitous, as my husband met a friend at Westminster Mall. I was thrilled to discover that they have a Book Off there. Here are my finds!

The Book Of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges and illustrated by Peter Sis (Book Depository | Amazon),

Darkness Visible: A Memoir Of Madness by William Styron (Book Depository | Amazon).

The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Book Depository | Amazon),

The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Book Depository | Amazon).

The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk (Book Depository | Amazon).

Book Hunting In Antioch and Oakley: Goodwill

Address: Lone Tree Way and Oakley Branches

Between the Lone Tree Way in Antioch and the Oakley branch, the former has a lot more diverse titles and the books are in pretty good condition. Plus, you can not possibly beat this price:

I bought a few books – not just for myself, but as gifts to family and friends. The challenge really is to find the perfect book for the perfect person, and I pray that I have given the book to them at the perfect time. Most of the books are in excellent condition.

Book Presents to Family and Friends

There’s Something There! Three Bedtime Classics by Mercer Mayer (Book Depository | Amazon),

Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue and Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Book Depository | Amazon).

Down In The Garden: Journal by Anne Geddes (Book Depository | Amazon),

Intergalactic P. S. 3 by Madeleine L’Engle and Pictures by Hope Larson (Book Depository | Amazon),

Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz (Book Depository | Amazon).

Glimpses Of Grace: Daily Thoughts And Reflections by Madeleine L’Engle with Carole F. Chase (Book Depository | Amazon), Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (Book Depository | Amazon).

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Book Depository | Amazon), The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Book Depository | Amazon).

I actually bought a few more (around eight more titles in all) that I didn’t get a chance to take photos of.

My Book Haul

Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman (Book Depository | Amazon), Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Book Depository | Amazon).

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 edited and introduced by Rachel Kushner (Book Depository | Amazon),

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (Book Depository | Amazon).

Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee (Book Depository | Amazon),

Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin (Book Depository | Amazon),

The Plague Of Doves by Louise Erdrich (Book Depository | Amazon).

A Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around The Globe (Book Depository | Amazon),

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Book Depository | Amazon),

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (Book Depository | Amazon).

How about you? Any thrift stores selling good books in your area?


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1 comment on “[BHE 385] Book Hunting In The US of A (Part 1)

  1. Myra, did you topple all those books on the shelves??


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