Welcome 2017! To start the year off great and better than ever, we have a selection of titles to illuminate, educate and entertain on / about / for the trans experience. Fiction for tweens, teens and adults, and non-fiction for adults and parents - something for everyone - that's how we roll!
Tranny by Laura Jane Grace $28 hardback paperback NOW 20% off = $22.40
Transgender History by Susan Stryker $14.95 paperback NOW 20% off = $11.96
Raising the Transgender Child : by Angello & Bowman $17 paperback NOW 20$ off = $13.60
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart $16.99 hardback hardback NOW 20% off = $13.59
The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey $16.99 hardback NOW 20% off = 13.59
If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo $17.99 hardback NOW 20% off = $14.39
Bad Boy by Elliot Wake $24 hardback NOW 20% off = $19.20
Reach Out & Read... and make a baby smile!
It's out Annual Reach out and ReadBook Drive and we're reaching out to you to join us as we collect new and "like new" board books and picture books for at-risk babies and toddlers. The books will be given to the kiddies when they visit the doctor for check-ups, a special treat to delight and give them a good foundation for future success in reading and social skills. We have a great selection of appropriate books, including bilingual options in English and Spanish and we'll be collecting through January 2017.
Shop Hillcrest for the Holidays!
Now through Dec 24, when you shop at participating businesses in Hillcrest (yours truly, for example), add your name to the drawing for a chance to win a Fabulous Hillcrest shopping spree, with oodles o' gift certificates to some of your favorite places in the neighborhood. Yay!
Kris wrote a little letter. She wants to say thanks for supporting our Boost Bluestocking campaign last year at this time. Here it is:
As 2016 rolls to a close I wanted to take a few minutes to write you a letter. About this time last year I put out the call for donations & visits and it was so amazing how your kindness affected us all. I just needed to tell you again how we have been really grateful. Thanks to you we felt the boost in sales & the crowdfunding met its goal so I caught up with some overdue bills, invested in a big, safe ladder & computer upgrades! My attitude and health improved. I think the whole experience enabled all of us to continue with a greater sense of purpose as well.
Staff here has somehow increased inventory and sales to accommodate significant increases over the years, including over $1grand/mo. more than orig. amount of rent **puffs w/pride** but we have not met my goal to have 2.5 employees at the $15/hr min. ))GGgRRrrawr(( So I plot, I scheme, I make lists and pull this centuries-old tradition of trade forward. I ponder how to make the value equal the $$due. That's philosophical...and sometimes feels like I am pulling a string on a sitting elephant, but as an effort not to simply raise prices, we are adding more inventory & tinkering further on the website marching forth.
Thanks also for recommending us to others and certainly any person who wishes to contribute funds may do so directly as a few people already have to my great surprise & delight. Of course all local purchases & contributions further support the neighborhood's continued upkeep with walkable areas to shop, dine, attend theater & have fun. Safe sidewalks, streetlights, wheelchair ramps, bike racks, pretty lights on the trees, events & street fairs +much more upkeep are costs partially paid by local biz. This diversity with all these rad features is reflected right here in our ever-changing inventory of used books and ephemera. A 'local book geography" of sorts.
So, Hello 2017! Besides the same daily service, orders and deliveries, there shall be: a new "lot" of books into database asap-approx. another 1000 titles yay! Reach Out and Read Book Drive lasts through January - we will round up books for kiddies for as long as the holidays can be tastefully stretched! Utilizing more features at the website - the biggest frontier for growth that just takes time we carve out from daily demands as possible. New HS intern begins in January. Perhaps set up a blog for bookstore topics...
AND I CAME UP WITH THIS: FREE SHIPPING for $50/1 year or $25/6 months www.bluestockingbooks.com, phone or in-person orders. Ship to yourself or friends in the U.S. or any military base, Media Mail rates. Packages usually take only a day or two within Southern California, so I thought this might avoid impossible/inconvenient trips into Hillcrest yet enable us to be Your Bookstore. ($50 = 12 reg 1 book shipments. Plus with your name in our database you are racking up an additional 7.5% off your books!) We reuse paper & clean shipping materials to lower the impact. I don't know what this scheme is called yet. NOT Bluestocking Prime. hahaha
Your love of reading and sharing the books that are important & fun for you is a constant inspiration. How the books lead to conversations as you browse. How you recognize a picture cover from the past. This is one of the more amazing things about books; though they are themselves not alive or plugged-in, they perpetuate and generate connectivity between living beings. It's so magical! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of that magic here at 3817 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. We love what we do and continue to do it because we want this tradition of reading and sharing to continue for many more generations.
Bookseller since 1988
Bluestocking Books owner since 1999
Would you like a book? Human interaction is easy! Call and ask about anything or for more details on a current listing here at the website :D
We may not always have the perfect book in stock but we can usually order one. If you're looking for a favorite edition of a treasured book to share with a loved one, maybe a next generation New Reader, this is the perfect time to order for the Holidays... or maybe get a li'l something as a special gift for Yourself!
We are a "brick-n-mortar" REAL BOOKSHOP where magical life-changing books are discovered, toddlers squeal in delight at the sight of a book they recognize, old friends strolling together find common loves in literature & history, true loves meet and dogs sit politely for a treat. Yes, there are random philosophical quotes uttered aloud and books recommended by friends and strangers alike. We are community whether we know you or not, fellow reader and booklover: welcome to our tradition! Our street address has housed a bookstore since 1967; the 3rd owner & staff (for ~17 years now!) intend to carry on the full-service neighborhood bookshop customs as long as there is a demand. We stock mostly used books and order both new and used books -just inquire. We have regular deliveries for the classic reprints and new releases.
Hours of operation are:
11am-7pm Monday - Thursday
9am-9:30pm Friday & Saturday
Please note: we will be closed Thursday Nov 24 for Thanksgiving. Have a safe, delicious Holiday!
If you can't find what you like please fill out our off-line search form and we will search our off-line inventory, other bookstores and book search services for you. Or just give us a ring! Thanks - BsB