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Arcana: Books on the Arts

8675 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046


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


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


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


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

Website: http://storiesla.com/

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12348 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604


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

Website: http://storyopolis.com

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