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Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate–and son of immigrants–Amit Majmudar.


A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.


Far and Away chronicles Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts – political, cultural, and spiritual.


By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.


A stunning collection of photographs from Frank Stefanko featuring the Godmother of Punk herself, iconic musician and author Patti Smith.


Animals, strange beasts, bureaucrats, businessmen, and nightmares populate this collection of stories by Franz Kafka. These matchless short works, all unpublished during Kafka’s lifetime, range from the gleeful dialogue between a cat and a mouse in “Little Fable” to the absurd humor of “Investigations of a Dog,” from the elaborate waking nightmare of “Building the Great Wall of China” to the creeping unease of “The Burrow,” where a nameless creature’s labyrinthine hiding place turns into a trap of fear and paranoia.


Interesting old books Interesting old books

Among the many pleasures of selling used books are the unusual old books we come across. They are not necessarily rare or expensive, but they can be fascinating.


Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co, 1867. 12mo.
Good. Worn at corners, head and tail. Dampstain on early pages.

“The Modes of Working Them and Their Various Productions. With sixteen engravings, adapted to the reading of American youth.”



Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880. 977 pp.
Backstrip torn, cover worn. Binding, contents very good, sound.




Independent Bookstore Day Independent Bookstore Day

In January of 2011, downtown Santa Barbara’s two large chain bookstores closed. In many communities around the country, this would have been a disaster, leaving book lovers to sift through the one hundred or so titles sold at the local Walmart or Costco. Santa Barbara was different. It had a large independent new bookstore, a range of used and rare bookstores, and a century old used bookstore already expanding into new books.

In the years since, as the chains have been closing stores, the number of new independent book stores nationally has been increasing. This is what Independent Bookstore Day celebrates. We at the Book Den want to give a shout out to Chaucer’s Bookstore, the largest bookstore between Los Angeles and San Francisco. And to Randall House and Ralph Sipper Books, two world class rare book dealers. And to Mesa Bookstore, the best 200 square foot bookstore in the world. And to Lost Horizon Bookstore, our friendly rivals on Anacapa Street.

Follow the link below for a list of all of the Independent Bookstores in Santa Barbara. Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by visiting one of these booksellers today, or all of them!



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