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Sacramento, CA 95811 // USA
Phone: 916-447-5696
Email: info@timetestedbooks.net

Store Hours:
11am - 7pm Monday-Saturday
11am - 3pm Sunday
(We're usually open late for 2nd Saturday)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Looking for a great gift...?

Time Tested Bucks make great gifts! 😉

Time Tested Books is proud to present our unique take on the gift certificate. We call them Time Tested Bucks, and you can put different denominations together in any amount for a clever, individualized gift--suitable for any occasion... (See below to purchsase online.)

Time Tested Bucks can be used to purchase new or used books and records, and can be applied to special orders. They are available in $50$20$10$5$2, and $1 denominations--each featuring an original drawing of a literary legend rendered by Sacramento artist Miriam Davis.

Stuff a stocking, tuck some into a birthday card, or slip them into books when you pass them along... Good book karma 👍

$50 James Joyce

Gift certificates are good for the purchase of 

new or used books and records, and they can be 

applied to special orders.

$20 Joan Didion

$10 Toni Morrison 

You can make your gift certificate purchase in the store, or call us and we can process your order over the phone.

You can also purchase gift certificates using Paypal (see below). We'll mail them directly to whomever you choose....

$5 Emily Dickinson

$2 Mark Twain

$1 Leo Tolstoy


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

20% OFF SALE = 12/26/17 ~ 1/7/18

Tuesday Dec.26 through Sunday Jan.7
= 20% off all new & used books & records! 
It's our way of thanking y'all for your support this past year and years past--and wishing you the best for years to come!

*Sale does NOT apply to trade credit, items on hold, or special orders.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gina Mulligan reading/signing 'Dear Friend' - October 26th

 Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Gina Mulligan
Reading & Discussing

Dear Friend
 Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer
Thursday, October 26th at 7 p.m. 

This beautiful collection of handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers—many of whom have gone through their own health battles—these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail, an organization that provides support to people diagnosed with breast cancer as seen on NBC Nightly News. Presented in an elegant package with metallic end papers, and a ribbon marker, and brimming with warm messages of empathy, inspiration, and humor, Dear Friend delivers words of wisdom when they're needed the most.

About the Charity:
Girls Love Mail, the national charity featured on The NBC Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show, People.com, and Today.com gives the gift of hand-written letters to women going through breast cancer treatment. Since August 2011, they’ve handed out over 100,000 letters – that’s 100,000 women helped by a kindness anyone can do. People across the country send in their hand-written notes to Girls Love Mail based in Sacramento, and then the organization gets them out through 160 hospital cancer centers across the country.

Book Talk & Letter Writing
Founder Gina L. Mulligan will give 20-minute talk about the charity and the lives they’ve touched. If available, local letter contributors will read their letters. Then the focus shifts to writing letters with the review of guidelines, tips, and samples. For the next 30-40 minutes, attendees will write their own letters, share their letters, and experience. The event is meant to be interactive and inspiring

Girls Love Mail will supply all stationary, pens, and materials. The charity will also bring clip boards for writing.

Gina L. Mulligan began her writing career over twenty years ago as a freelance journalist for national magazines. She is the author of two novels, REMEMBER THE LADIES and FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. She's won awards from the Abilene Writers Guild, San Francisco LitQuake, and the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.

After her own diagnosis, Gina founded GIRLS LOVE MAIL, a charity that collects handwritten letters of encouragement for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been featured on local and national media including the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Steve Harvey Show, Woman’s Day magazine, Today.com, and People.com.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

John Freeman & Garnette Cadogan present new issue of "FREEMAN'S" - October 24th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
John Freeman
in conversation with Garnette Cadogan
discussing the fourth issue of
The Future of New Writing

Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00pm

Freeman's: The Future of New Writing is a special edition of the already-celebrated anthology from influential editor and critic John Freeman. This fourth issue is focused not on a theme as the previous three issues have been but on a select list of international writers who have yet to become household names but who we believe will have an important impact on literature in the coming years.

The Future of New Writing features work from thirty writers, aged 25 to 70, from over a dozen countries, including the US, Japan, Brazil, UK, France, China, Argentina, and Nigeria. Some most readers will never have heard of and others will be more familiar but still have a break-out career ahead of them. John consulted with book editors, critics, translators, and writers around the world to choose the names for this issue, and each piece will have its first English publication in the issue.

Freeman's is one of the most exciting new literary projects of recent years. Featuring fiction, essays, and poetry from the best-known writers around the world, as well as new voices, Freeman's is a cross between a journal and an anthology--essential for any reader of literary fiction.

The first three issues, Freeman's: Arrival (fall 2015), Freeman's: Family (spring 2016), and Freeman's: Home (spring 2017), have already started to grow a solid fan-base, especially through indie bookstores. By the publication of this fourth issue, John will have hosted over 100 events in indie bookstores across North America alone. His around-the-world promotion of Freeman's has taken him from Los Angeles and New Orleans to London, Berlin, Sarajevo, Melbourne, and beyond.

In a climate of hypernationalism, Freeman's: The Future of New Writing celebrates writing beyond all borders and recognizes writers whose own influences go beyond region, genre, and generation. Freeman's has been hailed by a wide variety of media outlets (San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, O Magazine, Chicago Literati, and many more). Julia Felsenthal of Vogue heralded 'Arrival' as an "illustrious" new publication. Multiple critics have praised the international scope and expansive, bold reading experience. Pieces from Freeman's have gone on to be celebrated elsewhere, too. Tahmima Anam's "Garments" (Freeman's: Arrival) was selected for Best American Short Stories 2016, edited by Junot Diaz, and was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award; Garnette Cadogan's "Black and Blue" (Freeman's: Arrival) was included in Jesmyn Ward's acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time; and select pieces have been republished on Lit Hub. Contributors to the first three issues included Anne Carson, Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, Aleksandar Hemon, David Mitchell, Garnette Cadogan and Louise Erdrich, among others.

"The oldest is 70. The youngest, 26. In between, the best list of this kind I have ever seen."
 --Marlon James
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic. The former editor of Granta and onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, he has written about books for more than two hundred publications worldwide, including The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, la Repubblica, and La Vanguardia. His books include How to Read a Novelist; Tales of Two Cities: the Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York; and The Tyranny of Email. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, ZYZZYVA, and The Paris Review. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School in New York City. (J.F. photo by Deborah Treisman)

Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. He is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (coedited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is at work on a book on walking. (G.C. photo by Francesco Lanza)

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Aaron Pribble reading/signing 'Teacherland' - October 19th

 Time Tested Books 
 is proud to present
Aaron Pribble
 Reading & Signing 
Inside the Myth of the American Educator 
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00pm

In the popular narrative teachers are cast as saints or slouches, heroes or zeros. They either forgo their material well-being for the reward of a higher calling, or they show movies, have too much time off, and are impossible to fire. 

Teacherland fills the gap between these two clichés with insight, humor, and conviction. How do you manage a room of energetic adolescents and ensure everyone is learning? What happens when some students begin with a distinct disadvantage while others have every opportunity? How do colleagues and friends help counteract the profession’s inherent isolation? What happens when you make embarrassing comments in class, or can’t use the bathroom when desired? How do you deal with Back to School Night and Open House, staff meetings and rallies and dances?

These are but a few of the questions Teacherland considers, with the ultimate goal of improving our education system by humanizing the teaching profession. It aims to reframe the debate about what it means to teach and learn and to show—for real—what life is like behind the curtains of one of America’s most important occupations.

Aaron Pribble is the author of Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League (2011). An award-winning educator whose work includes "Pribble is a Chiller": Student Input and Teacher Evaluations, Dreaming of Baseball in Havana, and Fastball in the Desert among other publications, Aaron teaches social studies at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California.

 This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bruce Jennings reading/signing 'The War on Califronia' - September 7th

 Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Bruce Jennings 
Reading & Discussing 
The War on California:  Defeating Oil, Oligarchs and the New Tyranny
Thursday, September 7th at 7 p.m.

One of the most important conflicts of the twenty-first century is fought daily within the California Legislature: the ultra-hazards of fossil fuels. As one of the world's largest economies, the outcome is crucial for the role of democracy and the future of the planet. For more than two decades as a senior adviser to the Legislature, Bruce Jennings has gained firsthand experience in this trench warfare between public and private interests.

The arc of these stories centers on a diverse group of advocates and whether they can overcome an entrenched corporate lobby to address the disasters of a changing climate before it is too late. Make no mistake-these accounts describe dark money, covertly fashioned laws, sudden betrayals, and surprising victories. Weaving together a history spanning decades, Jennings takes the reader on a political tour inaccessible to most readers.


 About the Author:  
Bruce H. Jennings is the author The War on California: Defeating Oil, Oligarchs and the New Tyranny, a narrative non-fiction based on his many years of service in the California Legislature. He is also a candidate to become a board member for one of the worldʻs largest public pension funds, the California Public Employeesʻ Retirement System (CalPERS). His episodic blogging can be found at Calpolitico (calpolitico.blogspot.com).

Bruce H. Jennings was born in Oakland, California. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i. Bruce is a former member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers.

Bruce has taught at several institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Montana, and the Evergreen State College. He has delivered lectures at the Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo (Mexico) and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bruce’s research includes several appointments as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico.

Bruce retired in 2009 as staff to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after having served as one of the senior advisers to the California Legislature on environmental policy over the course of two decades. He began his career as a Senate Fellow in 1984 and has served as a senior consultant to the Senate Office of Research as well as the chief of staff to the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alice Anderson - "Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away" - August 31st

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Alice Anderson 
Reading & Signing
Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away
Thursday, August 31, 7:00pm

Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away is a deeply poignant memoir set in a post-Katrina Mississippi. Alice Anderson is returning to assess the damage to her beloved Mississippi coastline and the once-immaculate home that she’d carefully cultivated for her husband, Dr. Liam Rivers, and their three children. Liam is the town hospital’s highly respected Chief of Medicine, for whom Alice willingly left behind her writing life in New York and vestiges of her modeling career in Paris, to become a wife and full-time mother. In the wake of this natural disaster, the tenuous balance of her marriage is lost as Liam’s mental health spirals. When Liam violently attacks her at knifepoint, Alice is saved only by their three-year-old son. The author flees with her children, and what ensues is an epic battle—emotional, psychological, spiritual and legal—for redemption, preservation of self and the welfare of her children. It’s a battle that continues even as life goes on, finally coming full circle when the same son who saved her ten years later endures a violent encounter at his father’s hands. Even as she confronts the harsh realities of high-powered Southern lawyers and a corrupt legal system, Alice finds redemption in her blossoming children and the reclamation of her true self.

"Like blowtorching through silk, Alice Anderson’s alchemy is to turn the shattering pain of her life into poetry. Heartbreaking, terrifying, and shattering, Anderson’s powerful fight for her kids and her own safety becomes a story of breathtaking redemption and yes, beauty." --Caroline Leavitt, bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World

“Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away is as stark as it is beautiful, a hard-won life so full of sorrow and joy that it runs down the great rain chain of heaven, singing like a choir of determined angels. It broke my heart wide open and out fell all this thunder and lightning and beautiful star stuff and rusty silver, torn silk, and the old diary we carry around in our bodies. Quite possibly the best memoir I've ever read.” --Jo-Ann Mapson, author of LA Times bestsellers Bad Girl Creek and The Wilder Sisters

"Alice Anderson's stunning memoir begins with cathedrals made of our scars. In this time of fear and doubt, of seemingly perpetual midnight, this book rises to sacredness in its heroic honesty, its warrior's heart, and its profound beauty." --Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the American Book Award-winning Nobody's Son, and The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbird's Daughter and Into the Beautiful North

Alice Anderson has spent decades advocating for domestic violence reduction and fights for women and children enduring high-conflict custody battles in the wake of family battering. Her work has appeared in literary journals including Agni and New Letters and is featured in anthologies such as American Poetry and On The Verge. Her second collection of poetry, The Watermark, contains three Pushcart Prize–nominated poems; her first, Human Nature, was published to critical acclaim. The recipient of The Plum Review Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize, and The Great Lakes Colleges Best First Book Prize, she also received the Haven Foundation Grant from Stephen King.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited