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Happy New Year or as our staffer Allen is saying, Happy Better Year.

Thank you to all of  you who ordered books through us during the holiday season.

We know that most of you endured postal delays with unfailing patience and good humor and we are

extremely grateful for your good will. 

Thank you for your continued support and for choosing to shop indie & local heart

We will continue to have limited hours at this time. We will be closed Mondays in January

and open Tuesday-Sunday 12-6 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 in store.

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. 

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.

Order online 24/7--Please read

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

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. 


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.

Thank you for being our customer and your support during this extraordinary time!  heart






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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. 


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.

August Grace Notes

This month, we focus on the work of Latinx writers. The rich trove of books by authors and poets from Spanish-speaking countries and the U.S is one well worth diving into. We begin with one of our book club favorites - 

Review -

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

July Grace Notes

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. 

June Grace Notes

It's Pride Month! Celebrate all things LGBTQ+ with some great reads by queer authors. Here are a few of my favorites:



Review - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

    Whew! What words can possibly be used to describe this book when the author has already used the most beautiful ones?

May Grace Notes

In these weird days of social distancing, I've been reading a lot of historical fiction. It's a great source of escape, comfort, and perspective to read about how people dealt with and overcame adversity in the past. Here's a great one that came out a couple of months ago - 

Review - The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

April Grace Notes

When I began, way back at the beginning of March, thinking of a theme for this month’s blog post, coronavirus was just some background noise in newsfeeds. Now that we are in nearly full shutdown mode, the world is a different place. We need to come up with new ways of working, of going about the everyday logistics of life, and of relating to those around us from a safe distance. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We miss all of our customers and look forward to the day when we can open our doors again and welcome you all in.