Bernal Books, 401 Cortland Avenue,
later re-opened as Red Hill Books.
Books was a favorite in the neighborhood of California and Larkin Streets
for the better part of a decade. Neighbors defied themselves to pass in
front of the shop without stopping to see which art book, Socialist manifesto,
obscure novel, or film noir guide was on display here. The friendly, knowledgeable
staff and resident pussycats were just icing on the cake for this quintessential
independent bookstore. Rizzoli, 117 Post Street,
became a bookstore casualty in 2002, as did 9th
Avenue Books and Bernal Books.