Walden Pond Books
3316 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Leaving San Francisco and heading over to the East Bay we hit this fine independent bookstore — the oldest in Oakland. Walden Pond Books is 35 years old. They carry new, used, and fine books. It’s definitely got the feel of a community bookstore. Grand Ave. is a bustling street with traffic and pedestrians. They’re down the street from a theater as well, so there’s a lot of movie traffic that comes their way.
This is one of the most literate communities in America. With teachers, students, and more and more families, they’ve catered to their neighborhood tastes. There’s a playhouse for visiting kids on weekends. They go out of their way to merchandise sections like maritime and historical fiction.
The rare books room at Walden Pond Books also carries a large selection of first edition Steinbecks.