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Arcana: Books on the Arts

8675 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-458-1499

Scrambling for a last-minute gift to satisfy the boss’s Ruscha fetish or scouting inspiration for your nine-figure blockbuster…

Website: http://arcanabooks.com/

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Baby Gifts

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310) 559-2665

A basket filled with, say, Dr. Seuss tales from CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD will stand out among the flood of pastel onesies and booties at any party. The savvy staff create custom packages and pride themselves on choosing classic yet surprising titles (I Took the Moon for a Walk instead of the ubiquitous Goodnight Moon). Baskets […]

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Book Alley

611 E. Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91101

626-683-8083

More inviting than a labyrinth of dusty shelves and poorly lit back rooms, the palace of secondhand reading material known as Book Alley has the best of both worlds…

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Brand Bookshop

231 N. Brand Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91203

818-507-5943

Reading while standing mid-aisle is a venerable bookstore tradition…

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Children’s Book World

10580 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-559-2665

For kid-lit purists, it’s hard to beat Sharon Hearn’s Children’s Book World…

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Cosmopolitan Bookshop

7017 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-938-7119

While virtually all of its Hollywood-based competitors have surrendered their spaces to nightclubs, Cosmopolitan Bookshop has stayed afloat for 49 years…

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Hammer Museum Bookstore

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-443-7063

Your feet hurt and the kids are cranky, but stop by the Hammer Museum Bookstore anyway after an afternoon in the galleries…

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

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Iliad Bookshop

5400 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91601

818-509-2665

In a brand-new building just blocks from where it shared a wall with Odyssey Video for 18 years, Iliad Bookshop functions as a used bookstore, rescued-kitty hostel, and all-around culture beacon…

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Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90731

213-228-7000

Want to know how Angelenos prepared a chicken dinner in 1881? Dig into the culinary collection at the Los Angeles Central Library.

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Meltdown

7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-851-7223

Hunger for Astroboy, Gigantor, or hard-to-find Japanese titles? How about some Russian stop-motion animation, a Hong Kong art toy…

Website: http://meltcomics.com/

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Meltdown Comics & Collectibles

7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-851-7223

It makes sense, of course: the fantastical plots, the pneumatic bodies, the stylized makeovers. Although L.A. might like to think of itself as a hipper place, this town is a comic book buff’s paradise…

Website: http://www.meltdown.com

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Mystery Pier Books

8826 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-657-5557

Los Angeles has never been properly celebrated as a book town…

Website: http://www.mysterypierbooks.com/

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Point Dume

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

It’s hard to imagine a better on-the-sands-of-L.A. novel than Point Dume by Katie Arnoldi. Those who missed its hardcover release last year—just in time for beach season—can now pick up in paperback the pot smoke-laden tale of Malibu dwellers.

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Stories

1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-3733

The food itself, fortunately, is terrific. Vegetarian chili is tomato-y, hearty, and unspicy…

Website: http://storiesla.com/

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Storyopolis

12348 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-509-5600

If you were to mash together the best features of a Barnes & Noble…

Website: http://storyopolis.com

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