Ultimate book might be in Manette used book store

Anybody who is looking for a hard-to-find book should try Manette Books — the esoteric little store just might have it.

Manette Books, located at 2110 East 11th Street, sells fine used books, according to the owners, Annalisa and Karl Mossyrock. They have about 12,000 books, including a large children’s section and a collectible books area.

The Mossyrocks said they are always changing their shelves to accommodate new used books. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

“There’s so much more to it (collecting books) than stamps or coins,” said Karl.

The Mossyrocks said they try to find books that somebody will find interesting. According to Annalisa, people come into the store not expecting to find what they are looking for.

“We like to impress at least one person every day,” she said.

If the Mossyrocks don’t have a book someone is looking for, they said they would keep an eye out for it, while they are picking out books.

They have a lot of books not seen in regular bookstores, such as a limited first edition copy of “A River Runs Through It,” by Norman MacLean. The book was later turned into a film by Robert Redford. The store also has a geography textbook from the year 1857 and “Nipsic to Nimitz, A Centennial History of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,” by local authors Louise M. Reh and Helen Lou Ross.

The Mossyrocks said they also had some holiday books for the “gift-giving season.” They quickly pointed out, gift certificates are on sale year round.

Manette Books has been in business for three years.

“We love the neighborhood,” he said. “It was natural to move where we felt good.”

“We love it,” she said. “We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The neighborhood is just right for progress.”

The Mossyrocks said the store was affected by the recent events of Sept. 11. Annalisa said for a while Manette seemed dead because there was hardly anybody out and about.

“People are coming out a little bit more (now),” she said. “If they have an umbrella.”

The Mossyrocks said they read a lot of the books at the store, although they have not read all of them yet. She said their own collection of books is small because they rarely get so attached to a book they can’t sell it.

“We haven’t started putting books away for our retirement,” she said.

The Mossyrocks have been married for five years. They have two children Zalea, age 8, and Vinyan who is five. They also have a cat that can be seen lounging in a chair by the window of Manette Books named Godiva, who lives at the shop.

As far as the last name Mossyrock, they said they had it legally added to the end of their names when they were married.

“We decided to start a new dynasty,” said Karl.

Karl grew up in Bremerton until he was eight years old, recently coming back to Manette to buy the house his grandparents lived in.

Annalisa said she spent most of her life in different areas of Washington. She said she comes from a long line of used-bookstore owners.

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