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From The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs (268 copies sold!) to White Fragility (41 copies sold!), here are our 50 bestselling books of the last five years. We're a little shop, so this list says a whole lot about our customers' loves and interests.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs
Tristan Gooley
Paperback | Jul 2015
not in store $16.95
(available for order)
The Lost Kitchen
Erin French
Hardcover | May 2017
not in store $32.50
(available for order)
Food That Works
Malia Dell
Paperback | Oct 2015
not in store $22.99
(available for order)
We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Paperback | Feb 2015
not in store $8.95
(available for order)
How to Love
Thich Nhat Hanh
Paperback | Dec 2014
not in store $9.95
(available for order)
The Stranger in the Woods
Michael Finkel
Paperback | Jan 2018
not in store $16.00
(available for order)
How to Read Water
Tristan Gooley
Hardcover | Aug 2016
not in store $19.95
(available for order)
The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben
Hardcover | Sep 2016
not in store $24.95
(available for order)

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Thanks for asking! Though we're closed to general public traffic for the time being, we are now accepting appointments for in-person shopping! See the top of the page or visit our booking site here. Lacy and Jacob are still behind the scenes processing orders as fast as we can, for pickup, shipping, or limited local delivery. We're also happy to offer a careful selection of books and merchandise on display inside Rock City Cafe, which you can buy (credit cards only) at their walk-in counter between 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. every day of the week. On this site, you can order used or new books in stock, and you can also order just about any new book in print whether it's in stock or not!

We're available by email & phone Wednesday - Sunday 10 am til 4 p.m (see Contact & Hours tab above for more info.) You can also check in with us on Instagram, Twitter or our lil' blog

Safe, distanced pickup (read all about it here) is available every day but Wednesday between 7 am and 2 pm, via Rock City Cafe; just wait for a notification that your order is ready to pick up, and instructions on how to pick up will come with that notification!


Thank you for your patience, and your dedication to keeping our mission alive! We couldn't do this without you.



We are proud to be Rockland’s local independent bookshop.

We carry high quality new and used books, as well as a careful selection of unusual cards, magazines and merchandise.

One of five finalists for Publishers Weekly's 2019 Bookstore of the Year. You've seen us in the New York Times (here and here), Downeast Magazine (here and here); New York Magazine; Maine Magazine, the Boston Globe; Yankee Magazine, People (kinda) and on bookmarks scattered throughout Midcoast Maine.


To foster an active and vocal enthusiasm for books and print culture in a screen-centric world;
offer out-of-the-ordinary merchandise and gifts;
cultivate community and advocate for social justice;
and to do all of this with an independent spirit.



Yes, we can preorder 99% of forthcoming books for you! We can hold books for pick-up in the store, or we can ship them directly to you. This list is automatically generated and updated once a week; if there's something you're looking for you don't see here, try the search bar above or send us a note. Don't hesitate to be in touch if there's a book you're not sure about! 
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