About Us

Pazzo was opened by brothers Brian and Tom Nealon in 2003 in Roslindale Square. Brian had just graduated from college and Tom had arrived at loose ends and, it was generally agreed, was bound to become a nuisance. What better way to occupy their time, fulfill a dream, and enjoy their ambivalent relationship with capitalism than to open a used bookstore? Brian left to work at the used books social venture More than Words in 2010, leaving Tom to execute his fiendish plans with an appalling lack of supervision. In 2014 Tom closed the open shop to concentrate on rare books as well as continuing to write about the funny ways that books and food intersect. His writing has been found at The Times Literary Supplement, The Boston Globe, The Book Club of California Quarterly and other spots including extensively at hilobrow.com. His book, Food Fights and Culture Wars was published by The British Library in 2016 and The Overlook Press (now Abrams) in 2017.

Pazzo Books is a member of SNEAB and the ABAA.

Site graphics by the inimitable Rick Pinchera Illustration and Design.

We also buy books:

We are always buying books from single volumes to entire collections, especially cookery, early printed books, literature and the unusual. Please send an email with a detailed description of the material and we will get right back to you - possibly with further questions, and/or a preliminary offer.