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Image: detail of Myron's Bookstore entrance early 1980s. Image courtesy of Myron Wahlstrand.
Image: Myron and Sue Wahlstrand in the early 1980s. Myron's love of collecting poetry lured him into the used book business. Coincidentally, Myron's sister was married to the brother of Recycled Bookstore owner Joan Hayes. For a while I worked at both bookstores concurrently. Photo courtesy of Myron Wahlstrand. One fine day in December of 1978, I found myself walking along Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen. Earlier in the year I had hitchhiked across the United States. In September I began taking classes at San Jose City College , and was also on the lookout for part-time work. Crossing Curtner...Read more...