In September and October I wrote about specialty book stores in Berkeley. The current issue of Via, the AAA magazine, has an article about "amazing and unusual" bookstores found in northern California and Nevada. Via recommends Kepler's Books and Magazines in Menlo Park; Carpe Diem Fine Books in Monterey; Dark Carnival in Berkeley (one of our recommendations); Gallery Bookshop and Bookwinkle's Children's Books in Mendocino; Garden Bookstore in Golden Gate Park; Mark Twain Bookstore in Virginia City, Nevada; and Friends of the Stockton Library Book Store (Berkeley Public Library has a stand alone book store in the Channing-Durant alleyway). Speaking of the library, I returned Zola's The Belly of Paris and borrowed The Unnnatural History of Cypress Parish (Elise Blackwell) and Edward Trencom's Nose (Giles Milton, author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg). I came across these two books while browsing the new fiction section of the Main branch in downtown Berkeley. You can browse our book shelves at The Printed Leaf. Finally, Walking Berkeley provides an interesting perspective on the convenience and architecture of Berkeley's public libraries.