Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Jingle Bells, church bells, sleigh bells, bell ringers, oven timer bells and alarm clock bells. Everyday is Christmas here, without the bells. Books arrive, are unwrapped and displayed with care. Escape the bells in your head and the clutter of details in our quiet, homey bookstore. Bring your guests to Berkman’s, have a cup of coffee, or just be.

You may have noticed I have not been at the store quite so much or that there has not been a newsletter in months. I have taken a job at Hasting’s in Kerrville. The thing I miss the most is keeping in touch with you through the newsletter and blog. However, a paycheck is totally awesome!

Working at a big corporate store has made it quite clear that there is nothing in this world like Berkman Books. Two bookstores could not be more different, like in different orbits. It drives home the importance of keeping small stores alive. Not only is our space creative and beautiful, we have a refuge for the rare and classic, familiar and forgotten, where books live. Most have lived many lives.

Certainly big stores fill a need and readers still appreciate a good book wherever it comes from. Even with the distractions of overhead announcements and the occasional sound of a whoopee cushion emanating from the giggly goofy gift department, there are still conversations and stories shared. Even with booksellers running back and forth to keep up with constant corporate demands, they (we) are knowledgeable book lovers and always gratified to send a reader home with a book in hand.

The most noticeable difference: the experience. And they don’t have a kitty. And their door is not constantly blowing open. - Lucy

The half price sale continues!
It is working for us and inspires book lovers to own a treasure. Get 50% off when you select $50 worth of books.

Bring us your clean used bubble wrap and packing peanuts, we use LOTS.

eBay Store
Berkman’s has a constant flow of distinctive titles coming weekly, too many for this humble newsletter to keep up with. Go to the eBay store to see the latest. stores.ebay.com/berkman-books

New Arrivals
Since the last newsletter, we have acquired several dozen New Arrivals. Most recent are many Art Books!

Helen Frankenthaler: Prints Signed, 1993 by The National Gallery of Art/Abrams. Exhibition catalog 1993. $275

Cellini by John Pope-Hennessy. First Edition, 1985, $95

Albrecht Durer: Paintings-Prints-Drawings by Peter Strieder. Translated by Nancy M. Gordon and Walter L. Strauss. First Edition, 1982, $95.

Mondrian: Path to Abstraction 1892 -1914 Catalogue by Hans Janssen and Joop M. Joosten. 2002, for exhibition at Musee d' Orsay, Paris and Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth. $60

Andy Goldsworthy, A Collaboration With Nature by Goldsworthy, First Edition, 1990, $55 (My favorite art book in the whole world this week)

Horta, Art Nouveau to Modernism by Francoise Aubry and Jos Vandenbreeden, First Edition, 1996, $125


 The Mansion by William Faulkner. First Printing, 1959, $60

 North Toward Home by Willie Morris. Signed, First Printing, 1967, $200

El Libro de Dona Petrona: Recetas de arte Culinario por Petrona C. de Gandulfo published in Mexico City in 1949. Dona Petrona was a famous Argentine Cook, instructor who had the reputation of being the Julia Child of Latin American cooking. $300
The Mickey Mouse Fire Brigade by Walt Disney. First Edition, 1936, $400

Live Boys in Texas or Charley and Nasho in Texas by Albion Morecamp, 1878, $175

Big Little Books

Terry and the Pirates, 1939, $40

Mickey Mouse and Pluto, 1936, $45

Phantom: Sign of the Scull, 1939, $75

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Monday, October 18, 2010


The Half Price Sale Continues!
It is working for us and inspires book lovers to own a treasure. Get 50% off when you select $50 worth of books.


• Bring us your clean used bubble wrap and packing peanuts, we use LOTS.
• Let us special order new books for you. Why drive to Kerrville when you can support your local bookstore?
• We now close at 6:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• HEY STUDENTS! We are open late (Thursday through Saturday and Monday) and have free WIFI!

New Arrivals
Texana and the West

Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger, Second Edition, 1890, $400

President’s Country by Jack Maguire, Signed First Edition, $125

Trail Drivers of Texas by J. Marvin Hunter, 1925, $220

Coke Stephenson by Frederica Burt Wyatt, Signed First Edition, 1976, $125

Publications of the Texas Folklore Society #4 edited by J. Frank Dobie, Signed First Edition, 1925, $500

Rock Art of Texas Indians by W. W. Newcomb, Jr., Signed, 1967, $150

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemmingway, First Book Club Edition, 1937, $65

1984 by George Orwell, Book Club Edition, 1949, $55

My Name is Christopher Nagel by C.W. Grafton, Signed, 1947, $125

Happy Birthday Art Buchwald.
“Television has a real problem. They have no page two.” – Art Buchwald

We have thousands of page twos.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Literary quote of the week - Anne Rice
“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.” – Anne Rice


Not only are we next to The Nest, one of the most delicious restaurants in town, our other neighbors are Aunt Violet’s Bed and Breakfast and Guest-House Community and Living Touch Spa. When you have friends and family in town and need extra beds, send them to Aunt Violet’s. You can’t miss the 1910 “painted lady” Victorian landmark next to our humble cottage. There are two Eastern Tennessee mountain cabins behind the Morning Glory Inn. The web site is www.Auntvioletsbedandbreakfast.com. B, B, B&B. That’s Bed, Breakfast, Beauty and Books or Eat, Sleep, Read and Massage. There is no another acre like this in Texas (or anywhere?)

The half price sale continues!

It is working for us and inspires book lovers to own a treasure. Get 50% off when you select $50 worth of books.

 Special Orders

We are doing special orders again! And just in time for the holidays. Would you like a copy of the latest new release or a book you have always intended to read (or loaned out, only to be swallowed by someone else’s bookshelf)? Or a beautiful photography or art book for that perfect Christmas Gift? Save gas and time and support your local independent bookstore instead of driving to Kerrville. Generally, we are able to order new books as apposed to used. We will require payment in advance by cash or check only. We are unable to accept credit card payment for special orders at this tie and special orders are not eligible for in store sales. Please allow a week to ten days for delivery. For customers picking up books at the store shipping is free.

 Tuesday and Wednesday

For now we will close at 6:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We will let you know when it changes back to 9:00.

 New Dimension

We always wanted an outdoor reading area at the Main Street location and now we have it. The courtyard behind the shop is cozy and private. We have been eating our lunch there while reading the paper and invite you to do the same. Bring a lunch, a mid-day snack or just feast on the fresh air. Read a book off the shelf or bring your laptop and take advantage of the free wifi. It is especially nice with the Sunday paper and a cup of our hot gourmet coffee. Shoot, bring a bottle of wine and a friend or three for some down time (or up time). You decide, we would love to see you.

 Frequent Flier Bubble Wrap

Bring us your clean used bubble wrap and peanuts and we will put it to good use. Now more than ever it is important and responsible to get as many miles out of this stuff instead of sending it to the landfill. We use lots of packing material for shipping books. We also reuse packing material from packages we receive. Considering how many miles books can travel over and over again, your bubble wrap could get frequent flier points.

New Arrivals

First Fruits, a harvest of 25 years of Israeli writing by James Michener , First Edition, 1973, $100

Lord of the Rings by J. J. R. Tolkien, three book set in a box, 1965, $75

Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtury, First Edition, 1975, $75

Anthology of Concrete Poetry edited by Emmett Williams, 1967, $140

Cattle Brands and Cow Hides by Hortense Warner Ward, 1953, $55

Samuel Maverick, Texan: 1803 – 1870, A Collection of Letters edited by Rena Green, Signed First Edition, 1952, $125

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway, First Book Club Edition, 1952, $75

Pilot by Tony Levier, Signed First Edition, 1954, $125

Casquet of Literature edited by Charles Gibbon, with biographical and literary notes, 6 Volume Set, 1884, $100

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, First British Edition, 1997, $55

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon K. Penman, First British Edition, 1982, $75

Wildflowers Across America by Lady Bird Johnson and Carlton B. Lees, Signed Twice, Collectors’ Edition, 1998, $175

And Children’s Spanish Language Picture Books!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Just Like Home

We did it; we moved a 2600 square foot store into a 1000 square foot cottage. With it we moved our signature quality titles and the style that has defined us in the last four years. We are enjoying being able to walk from one end of the shop to the other in less than 5 seconds.  It’s easy to plop down your bag on a chair and wander in, just like home. There is still much to be done, but the boxes are gone and the porch is swept.
 Now that fall is here, the courtyard is delightful. The surrounding trees bow to greet you. Scroll down for more pictures of the new and familure.

New Arrivals

Vantage Point by Lyndon Baines Johnson, Signed First Edition, 1971, $500

Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars by Brigadier General Vincent J. Esposito, 1965, $80

Napoleon, 1800 – 1814, by Proctor Patterson Jones, First Edition, 1992, $60

Thirty Years After, An Artist’s Memoir of the Civil War. Text and Illustrations by Edwin Forbes, First Edition, 1993, $55
Aboard the USS Monitor: 1862, The Letters of Acting Paymaster William Frederick Keeler, U.S. Navy, to his wife, Anna, First Edition, 1964, $45

Battle, the Story of the Bulge by John Toland, First Edition, 1959, $95

My Life: Grand Erich Raeder, First Edition, 1960, $50

The United States Navy in the Pacific by William R. Braisted, First Edition, 1958, $250

Old Yeller by Fred Gibson, 1962, $60

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Local Gems

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Texana and History

Furniture and Fixtures are still for sale from Main Street location. Please email info@berkmanbooks.com purchase. 

Emilie's leather chair, $150
Thanksgiving chair, (the dark one) $50
Thomas's chair (the other one) $65
Welcoming table $100
Coffee table $50
Round occasional table $20
Blue children's super sturdy
will last forever bench $30

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This month's Literary Birthday is Howard Hawks

“I'm a storyteller - that's the chief function of a director. And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!”

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