August 2020
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895) - First Edition, First Printing in Near Fine condition

A beautiful copy of HG Wells' first Sci-Fi novel. Regarded by some as his best work, it popularized the concept of time travel. $2750
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (1855)

Originally published in 1853, this memoir and slave narrative recounts how Northup, born free in New York state, was tricked into travelling to Washington D.C., kidnapped and sold into slavery. His account of slave markets, cotton and sugar cultivation and slave treatment on plantations in Louisiana lent factual support to Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. $750
Vintage 1950s Nancy Drew Set (#1-35)

Thirty-five books, beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock, all with original dust jackets. Included in the collection are 4 First Editions/First Printings. $850
Signed and/or First Editions by Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou

Our collection of signed and first edition books by contemporary African-American authors has grown. Some of the books include: Tar Baby, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, The Color Purple, Giovanni's Room, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, The Evidence of Things Not Seen and The Temple of My Familiar.
$55 - $450
John Ash's New and Complete Dictionary of the English Language (1775), First Edition.

Calling all linguaphiles! Published a year before The Declaration of Independence was signed, this is one of the oldest dictionaries we've had in the store. It's also in rough shape, which is what makes it affordable. Binding is cracked and split, boards detached. The interior is, however, in decent condition. $250
Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, or week, a month, or year. It is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise or get in good trouble, necessary trouble.
- Congressman John Lewis, June 2018 tweet

Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
- Sister Mary Corita Kent

The Old Green Grasshopper to James: There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.
- Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

There is no end
To what a living world
Will demand of you.
- Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Power Up
Mon - Sat: 10AM - 5PM
Sunday: 12PM - 5PM

As we ease into re-opening, our hours are a bit shorter than usual. We hope to be up and running with longer hours in September. We are taking extra precaution with vigilant in-store cleaning and sanitizing. The size of the store lends itself to the practice of social distancing, but for now, we ask that you please wear a mask as there are those of us who are more medically compromised. We will do our part to continue to create a safe and healthy environment, and thank you for doing the same!
Over the last 6 weeks, we have added more than 250 new titles written by or about BIIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Immigrants, People of Color) to our inventory. As we sell them, we look forward to being able to purchase more. We are listening and we
welcome your suggestions on what titles you'd like to see!
We recently acquired several dozen hard-to-find titles from the collection of a bookseller who owned an African-American bookstore in Berkley, CA in the 1960s and 70s. They include:

Race Riot at East St. Louis, July 2, 1917
The Great Black Way: LA in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance
Black Ivory: History of British Slavery
Black Bostonians
They Came Before Columbus: The Africa Presence in Ancient America
Fallen Prince: Black Education & the Quest for Afro-American Nationality
Hidden Witness: African-American Images from the Dawn of Photoraphy to the Civil War
The Black Man and the American Dream: Negro Aspirations in America, 1900-1930
The Segregationsist: A Penetrating Study of the Men and the Organizations Active in the South's Fight Against Integration

Have you ever snapped a photo of one of our cats? Email us the picture, and we might use it in the next newsletter!
Little Boo and Boo (a.k.a. Mrs. and Mrs. Boo) pay homage to American Gothic. All that's missing is the pitchfork!
We've been missing our bookkeeper-friend Jeannette, and although Frida has kept an eye on the receipts, she lacks the patience for sifting through our stacks of paper. She insists that sitting on them is much simpler than data entry, and just as productive.
A very loooong cat, or Little Boo and Frida performing an optical illusion?
Trivia Question
Answer the following trivia question correctly and we'll enter you in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate!

One of the 12 original Little Golden Books published in 1942, this children's tale features a curious little puppy who digs holes under fences and has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake.

*Email your answer to with "Trivia" in the Subject field.