More about Bluestocking Books: tid-bits, news, and links...
*This just in! Now you can use your amazon.com account (or giftcards!) to buy stuff on this website! Just click on 'Login' in the top menu on this page, and use the 'login with amazon' button!
*Thanks to Jeff Smith for including us in his Hillcrest edition of City Stories, on KSDS (and thanks to Sally
Tinker-Smith too). Hear the sounds of Hillcrest and the bookshop!
*Through January 2016 we are continuing to
collect books for 1-5 years olds!! Reach Out and Read is a national
program that distributes books to kids who need them through their
pediatrician's visits, and parents educated on the importance of reading and brain
development! This year our books gathered are going straight to the UCSD High
Risk Infant Follow-Up Program.
*In September 2015, retailers all over the U.S. were unprepared for the new chip cards... but Bluestocking Books was way ahead of the curve! Check out this report from 10 News San Diego, and spot your favorite bookmonger!
*Shopping at small businesses ensures that a
higher percentage of the dollars you spend stay in your local community. Local
businesses hire more locals, shop local themselves and tend to bank locally (we
do!). This combines to generate more tax dollars that fund local schools and
fix roads. This is good, right? (Say yes, because half my friends and clients
are teachers and librarians :D!) Really, there are shopping studies that prove
these facts to be true. And while you are googling that, don't forget to look
up studies like this (or this)that show reading traditional books rather than electronic ones
helps the attention span and costs less money overall!
In May 2015, on the
occasion of our 15th Anniversary, we thanked you - our beloved clientele - for
the many happy memories you have given us & asked you to share your
Bluestocking Books memories. The following was messaged to us by Mija:
Anniversary, Bluestocking Books! When I think of HOW MANY ways you have been a
part of my life over the last decade and a half, I come to three key events:
You're the first store I went to when I needed Recovery books when I was new in
sobriety... You're the best place to find resources for my degree program
INCLUDING Gay History and Lesbian Fiction... you carry the best feminist magazines
in town... and you're willing to take trades when I'm running out of room for
my book addiction. Considering you've completely out-lived BORDERS, you've
taught us all that it's not the SIZE that matters, it's the SOUL. May you
be here in another 15 years--You've held my hand through my 20's and 30's...
through sobriety, losing my parents, getting through college and living life
AUTHENTICALLY -- I'll look forward to buying my SENIOR reading materials in my
Thanks Mija - Hey
watch who you calling Senior!! :) Hildie wrote a lovely
"Happy Birthday! This is a friendly island of literacy and
knowledge in a society increasingly devoid of bookstores. Many happy
returns! And best wishes for at least 15 more!"
Thank you, Hildie!
You said it well. This one comes to us
from Sally in La Jolla:
"Thank you for the genuinely friendly place to browse at complete
leisure - a seldom found thing these days. The essence of being civilized.
And all those interesting books!"
Thank you, Sally, for sharing the friendly energy! Another 15th anniversary
Bluestocking memory was shared from author and book lover Alice Hartsuyker:
"Congratulations on 15 years of
providing books to your loyal patrons. I am one of them. I have an interesting
story for your anniversary book:
One day, I
walked into the store and Mary said: 'Alice, there is a man here who would like
to meet you.' He was a tall, thin man in old-fashioned clothing who was looking
for books that told about Jewish life. He was hoping to restore the
Jewish library in Vilnius, Lithuania which had been destroyed by the Nazis.
Mary had told him about my book, a memoir called My Mother's
Daughter, that told about life in the Jewish ghetto of the Lower
East Side of New York City. He was interested so we gave him a book and wished
him luck before he left. Adventures in Bluestocking Books? Always."
Alice's book, "My Mother's
Daughter", is available for purchase at Bluestocking Books! And...thank you, Tom Oliver, for sharing
your precious testimonial:
"I first walked in to Bluestocking Books 13 years ago, and
fell in love. Not just with the adorable bookshop owner but with the rows of
delicious smelling books that begged to be held and lovingly examined. What has
ensued has been a ménage-a-trois between the store, my beautiful wife Kris and
myself. And it's a good thing I am willing to share. Kris' love and dedication
to the bookshop and its longtime customers is her life's passion, and providing
a wide range of literature and interesting perturbations of the written word is
a service she provides without compromise. Regulars know her commitment has
provided Hillcrest with an institution of free-thinking and just plain fun
reading. It has been my privilege to be her friend and supporter through the
Wanna learn more about delicious
smelling old books? Try visiting this Epic Reads blog!