Most people know better than to judge a book by its cover, but that hasn’t stopped publishers from plastering shirtless vampires all over underselling copies of the Farmers' Almanac. Stock up on eye-catching titles with today’s Groupon to Yesterday's Books. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of new and used books, CDs, and DVDs.
- For $20, you get $45 worth of new and used books, CDs, and DVDs.
Yesterday's Books organizes its stock of more than 100,000 books into hundreds of categories. The store's floor-to-ceiling bookshelves host neat stacks of fiction, non-fiction, and kid's books, and its dedicated rare-book room houses such rare and out-of-print titles as a gilt-covered copy of Wuthering Heights and an all-text edition of Where's Waldo? Stoke adolescent imaginings with volumes taken from the children's-literature section ($1.25+), or inspire adulthood reverie with a fiction paperback (at least half off the retail price) or hardcover book ($8+).
Paula Gauthier loved working at Yesterday’s Books through high school and college so much that she ended up there, years later, as a manager. When the owners retired, she and her husband, Phillip, decided to buy the store and continue its more than three-decade run as a repository of new, used, rare, candy-coated, and out-of-print books. Today, the Gauthiers continually update a collection of more than 100,000 titles, all categorized into sections such as general fiction, classics, theology, and children's books stacked on floor-to-ceiling bookcases. They also stock eight always-unlocked display cases with rare books, such as a first edition of Fahrenheit 451 and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Other collectibles range from a specially bound copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six to a signed volume by Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan and John Carter series.
The Gauthiers have also brought modern updates to the shop, such as replacing the paper-based store-credit system with an electronic one, which even gives members an online account to track available funds. Phillip observes that some regulars swap out up to 50 books per visit. In addition to book collections, the Gauthiers maintain a catalog of CDs, DVDs, and sheet music.
3457 McHenry Ave.
Modesto, California 95350