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OUR STAFF
    The staff at Walden Pond Books:
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  • Comments from our customers found on Yelp, Google, news articles, blogs, letters, reviews, etc., etc., etc.
"Much more akin to scholars in classic literature than people you would find working at Barnes and Noble or any other large bookstore. These guys know their stuff. This is what a bookstore should be." - Erica G.

Aldous
Ask Aldous about: art, music, books in Spanish, magazines & periodicals, Mexico, publisher imprints.

"GASP! The staff actually know what's in their store and seems to have read most of the books as well - they aren't illiterate idiots from the chain stores!" - Kim L.

Bob
Ask Bob about: rare books, publisher relations, current & forthcoming fiction, historical novels, fantasy & science fiction, mysteries, world history, classic children's literature, mythology.

"I appreciate their knowledgeable buyer and the mind behind such a worthy selection of both fiction and non-fiction." - Linda H.

James
Ask James about: poetry, philosophy, American history, mathematics, science, natural history, psychology, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, fantasy & science fiction.

"The staff is ridiculously knowledgeable and can recommend a new book / a new author based on your interests (and they make amazingly well-made recommendations)." - Joanna S.

Jay
Ask Jay about: radical studies, political science, jazz, antiques, collectibles.

"They're knowledgeable without being p***ks. Kind of amazing considering how many snobs work at independent bookstores." - Annalisa L.

Jeremiah
Ask Jeremiah about: metaphysics, history, current events & politics, western religion, and conspiracy theories.

"Walden Pond is my favorite go-to bookstore with a wide range of new and used books. The staff are all very helpful, and also are really knowledgable and friendly, each staff member specializes in a certain topic so you can always get as much or as little help as you need." - Mary Ella M.

Julie
Ask Julie about hydroelectric dams, re-wiring your lamp, tasers, what batteries taste like, and where we shelve biographies of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

"One of Walden Pond's staff knows everything about electicity... EVERYTHING! Thanks to her, I now charge my iPhone with a solution of vinegar and bath salts - for FREE!" - Robert F.

Katie
Ask Katie about: children's books, juvenile & young adult fiction, graphic novels, illustration, painting, graphic design, and horror.

"The people who work here REALLY know books! Thanks to the girl in the children's section, when I couldn't find the kid's book I thought I would buy as a birthday present for my niece, I was introduced to the "Half Magic" books. (When the first book proved a hit, I was happy to tell my niece where she could get the rest in the series.)" - Mycroft H.

Kyle
Ask Kyle about: vinyl - LPs and 45s, music history, hard bop, soul, early rock 'n' roll, blues, punk, 20th-century American literature, and classic science fiction.

"The staff is very helpful. I have described books in the most vague terms and they've been able to help me find them." - Nikki C.

Marshall
Ask Marshall about: jazz, radical studies, literature, Cuba, Mexico, post cards, greeting cards, everything else in the store.
Also ask Marshall about how he's owned the East Bay's finest independent bookstore for 40 years.

"Great service. Wonderful treatment. For example, I called checking to see if they had a book in stock that my Grandfather is looking for. They went out of their way to go through several locations in their store looking for it. Compared to a couple chain stores I called where I was put on hold for 5 minutes before I could even ask them... What a huge contrast!" - Emily

Paul
Ask Paul about: metaphysics, enneagrams, astrology, art books, self-help, sports, comics, music, Flatland.
Also ask Paul about how he manages to pay all the bills of the East Bay's finest independent bookstore.

"Ahhhh, a bookstore that seems to prioritize the enjoyment of books over the purchase of books! The laidback, welcoming vibe makes me much more likely to buy books." - Beth B.

Peter
Ask Peter about: business and financial books, Indonesia, wooden shoes, windmills, 17th and 18th century Dutch trading policy, cycling, recycling, book ordering, our entire inventory of past, current, and forthcoming books.

"When I've asked for a suggestion, I've been steered towards some of the most wonderful reads that I'd never heard about before. The people who work here LOVE books - and they know their books." - Ross C.

Sam
Ask Sam about: rare books, fine bindings, critical theory, philosophy, art, revolutionary history.

"Very knowledgeable staff that take pride in their expertism without the ego." - Chris H.


And finally. . . some commentary on book store staff from The Daily Show


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