…With a vast inventory, a gallimaufry of print that changes day by day, the store accepts used books for credit toward a future purchase. If you are a reader with limited shelf space, and you want to shop and swap, please note the store policy.
…We are interested in fiction and nonfiction. We like literary stories, commercial and upscale novels, books aimed at special interest groups such as women, and informative books on art, biography, history, nature, and science. We love poetry. We adore drama.
…The mystery, thriller, detective, and crime selection is huge. Who doesn’t like a perplexing police case or a baffling murder?
…Fantasy and science fiction are the second biggest department. The real world can be a bit much at times, and everyone needs to escape now and then.
…We can take two tote bags or two small boxes at a time from any one individual. Our staff is slightly built and middle-aged or older, so heavy lifting is out of the question. Give us a minute, and someone will meet you at the curb with a dolly.
…We have a soft spot for clean, undamaged, and salable merchandise. Please consider both content and condition. We do NOT want:
Books with pages that are underlined, highlighted, scribbled on, and soiled;
Books that are waterlogged, weather-beaten, dew-soaked, and tear-stained;
Cracked spines, loose boards, torn flaps, and tooth marks;
Hardbacks missing their dust jackets, which are often the best part;
Paperbacks printed on cheap paper that has turned brown and brittle;
Discarded library books, with old card pockets and gummy plastic wrappers;
Almanacs, desk references, dictionaries, encyclopedias, facts on file, and thesauruses;
Book club editions with gauche bindings and goofy slip cases;
Diet and exercise books, especially by television personalities;
Cookbooks, meal planners, grill guides, and food propaganda;
Partisan politics and so-called memoirs by candidates for office;
Romance novels, bodice rippers, Regency porn, and silly trash for teenage girls;
Travel books that are out of date, misguided, wrong, and badly illustrated;
Books on business, finance, and how to get rich with no effort;
Computer manuals, software instructions, and wonky technical guides;
Parenting advice that guarantees results in a week;
Self-help books, books by life coaches, and titles that use the phrase “jump start;”
Inspirational and religious tracts, all faiths and creeds, including bible concordances;
Vanity press, self-published, photocopied, and government-issued publications;
Condensed, abridged, uncorrected, superseded, and excessively annotated editions;
Arbitrary anthologies, best of, worst of, and most beloved;
Books about pets, biographies of celebrity dogs and cats, and sagas about animals;
Anything published for dummies, idiots, do-it-yourselfers, and wannabees.
Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories, poems, and essays on literature and architecture appear in Bellingham Review, Fiction International, Saturday Evening Post, and online magazines.