Most people know better than to judge a book by its cover, but that hasn’t stopped publishers from plastering shirtless mermen all over underselling editions of the Farmers’ Almanac. Stock up on eye-catching reads with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for $20 worth of used books, CDs, and DVDs
- $20 for $45 worth of used books, CDs, and DVDs<p>
General fiction hardcover books, from writers such as John Grisham and Nora Roberts ($8+), complement genre books ranging from children’s books ($1.25+) to theology, history, and inspirational fiction.<p>
For more than three decades, bookworms have flocked to Yesterday’s Books to peruse their ever-rotating selection of more than 100,000 used and vintage titles. Used books—which sell for no more than half their list price—run the gamut from general fiction to works on history, theology, crafting useful household items, and knitting eyehole-free ski masks. Their rare books room showcases valuable works such as a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; for more modern entertainment, visitors can browse a selection of CDs, DVDs, and sheet music. Those with used book collections of their own can exchange their well-loved texts for store credit, or occasionally cash.
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.