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We are open daily from 12-6 p.m.

for in-store browsing or curbside pick-up

We share the spaces out front with Tommy's. Call when you arrive and we will bring your items out to you.

We are committed to safe occupancy limits and distancing.

There is occasionally a wait time to 

come in the store. We can take your phone number and text you when there is space. 

 Staff will be wearing masks and they will be required for in-store browsing. 

Masks must be worn by children & adults until this public health crisis is over. This is for our staff and your 

fellow browsers well being. 

Telephone orders: Call us with your requests and you can prepay and pick-up curbside or in-store or we can mail them to you. 216.321.2665

We can also mail books directly to your home.

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When you order online you will receive a confirmation. We will send a separate email when your order is on the hold shelf. Wait for that email before you pick-up the order. :)

Detailed onling ordering instructions:

We can ship to you for FREE (media mail) on pre-paid orders of 50.00 or more from this website.  It's super easy! 

Just use the search bar or browse our book boxes for recommendations

You can also email suzanne@macsbacks.com

Tips for ordering:

1. Use the search bar to look for whatever you want to read. This site has a database of millions of titles.

2. Check the publication date. Many titles have a future release date. You are able to pre-pay now & we can process those orders at pub date.

3. Check the format and choose paperback or hardcover. Keep in mind that some titles are listed but not yet available in paperback.

4. If it says "special order" or "email store" that may mean the title is temporarily unavailable. 

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Used Book Trades

We have resumed taking book trades but ask you to limit your trades to one box or one bag per visit.

We will consider your trades Tuesday-Saturday from 12-6 p.m. 

Because we will be "quarantining" the books for several days we will be very selective with what we are taking in right now.

Here is an overview of our trade policy and a guide to what we look for.  https://www.macsbacks.com/trading-policy

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GRACE NOTES - MARCH 2021

Happy Women's History Month! There have been so many great books by women released in the past few years that it would break our website to try to list them all. Instead, I'll list some of my favorite fiction, graphic novels, and essays.

Let's start with Anna North's Outlawed. Dystopian. Feminist. Western. Okay, you've just pushed three of my literary buttons.

GRACE NOTES - FEBRUARY 2021

 

In celebration of Black History Month, the focus is on African and African-American writers. If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it is that the voices of people of color have been ignored, and in many instances, willfully suppressed for far too long. A crucial step in combating systemic racism is to not only read and absorb the words of Black writers, but to actively do the work needed to stand up for racial justice.

GRACE NOTES - JANUARY 2021

 

Happy New Year! As we drag our weary souls out of the clustercuss that was 2020, there is much to look forward to. A vaccine (yes!), new leadership in the White House (cautious optimism), and, as always, new books. The cold winter months and the seemingly endless pandemic make hunkering down and reading an appealing and safe prospect. 

GRACE NOTES - OCTOBER 2020

Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a great work of historical fiction. This month we look at Maggie O'Farrell's rich new novel -

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

    Hamnet Shakespeare’s sliver of a life ended at age eleven, probably due to bubonic plague. While his name appears on the cover of Maggie O’Farrell’s (I Am I Am I Am) latest novel, the book is really about his mother, Agnes.

GRACE NOTES - JULY 2020

One thing that we hear repeatedly from many customers the past couple of months is that they are having a hard time focusing on reading. Maybe it’s the underlying stress of living in uncertain times, maybe it’s the lack of structure and the ennui inherent in having an entire day yawning in front of you with no social commitments. 

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