Best Used Books - 2004
Book Bay at Fort Mason
We freakin' love Book Bay. And if you're a connoisseur of top-quality used books at bargain-basement prices, you will, too. We frequently drop in to this cubbyhole of a store during weekend strolls through the Marina, and we're never disappointed. Many titles are only a few months old, the stock is replenished often, and the prices are ridiculously low. On a recent stop we picked up a pristine, 1913 hardcover edition of The Communist Manifesto for a buck. A mint copy of Anthony Summers' deliciously trashy Nixon biography, The Arrogance of Power, set us back $5. Book Bay features hundreds of used histories, novels, cookbooks, biographies, art books, and paperbacks, and proceeds help support our magnificent San Francisco Public Library. There's another Book Bay at the Main Library on Larkin, but we prefer Fort Mason because we like to scamper off to the nearby Just Desserts for a mocha and a leisurely perusal of our latest lit'rary treasure.