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Who Was Richard Bachman?

Richard Bachman (1977-1985) was the pen name for Stephen King, in an experiment he carried on for years to see if he could be a successful writer under a different name.  Roadwork is the third (published in 1981) in a … Continue reading

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Our Bell’s Logo Bags Have Returned!

Our brilliantly colorful Bell’s logo bags are back in stock! Made from a medley of patterned fabrics, using remnants from clothing manufacture in India, they come in three styles: large cotton shopper, sturdy canvas book bag, or small organza gift … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings Emerges from Our Archives!

Fresh from our long-term holdings, we have several new condition editions of Tolkien’s monumental work The Lord of the Rings. These include the 4th and 5th impressions of the one-volume De Luxe edition from George Allen and Unwin (one in … Continue reading

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Expanded Philosophy!

Thanks to recent acquisitions from retiring Stanford professors, our Western Philosophy section has grown by at least six shelves! We now have the largest collection of material by and about John Locke west of the Mississippi (outside of academic libraries), … Continue reading

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Mask Update

As per the Health Officer of Santa Clara County’s recommendation, face coverings will still be required to enter our store (“… the Health Officer strongly recommends that all persons continue to wear face coverings when indoors.” SANTA CLARA COUNTY ORDINANCE … Continue reading

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Larry McMurtry on Bell’s

Larry McMurtry lived in the Bay Area in the 1960s, and he recounts in his memoir, entitled Books, his visit to Bell’s Books: “The famously grouchy Mr. Bell in Palo Alto ordered me off his second fl0or, although I had … Continue reading

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Our Hours in the New Year

We will be OPEN 11 to 5 every day of the week, starting Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, with extended hours on Fridays until 8. Happy New Year Year!!

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Our Hours through the New Year

We will be OPEN 11 to 6 through Thursday, December 23rd. On Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, our hours are 11 to 4. We will be CLOSED Christmas Day.  We will be OPEN 11 to 6 from Sunday, December 26th … Continue reading

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A Rare Acquisition

Bell’s Books is pleased to offer a rare set of three first editions from the early Winnie-the-Pooh series, with each copy signed by both the author, A.A. Milne, and illustrator, E. H. Shepard. These are first editions that were released … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Historical Association Presents…

Here’s a link to the talk Faith and other long-term business owners in Palo Alto gave regarding their businesses’ histories on October 3, 2021. Included in this talk are Georgie Gleim of Gleim Jewelers, Leslie Mills and Sue Diggle Mills … Continue reading

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