Brand Bookshop

Best Used Bookstores, November 2007
Reading while standing mid-aisle is a venerable bookstore tradition. You’ll see plenty of that at Brand Bookshop, but you’ll also find a few tables and chairs scattered about, which help to make this L.A.’s most welcoming used bookstore. (A jocular greeting from the owner—a blend of Don Knotts and Mr. Rogers—doesn’t hurt, either.) Brand wins the oxymoronic title of “most organized” used bookstore as well, with a suspicious absence of piles and boxes crowding the aisles, plus good signage throughout. There’s an impressive Eastern philosophy selection, but those with less heady tastes can visit the “Romance” nook, the creepy occult collection, and some erotica shelves uncomfortably near the owner at the counter.