Beyond the exceptional borders of Berkeley, Oakland, and Walnut Creek, relatively few independent booksellers elsewhere in the East Bay have survived the dual onslaughts of chain stores and Amazon.com
this past decade. One that's still hanging in there is the Book Shop in downtown Hayward. If you're into slick, clean, and well-lighted stores that also serve up Starbucks macchiatos, this won't be your cup of tea. But if you don't mind a little plaster peeling off the ceiling as long as there are tall shelves brimming with new and used books stocked by knowledgeable booksellers, then you might want to spend a few bucks to help support one of the last of the independents in Southern and Central Alameda County.