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Top Choice Books in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Great Overland Book Company

SF obsessions go deep at Great Overland, purveyor of rare and obscure books on SF's pet subjects. DIY dandies find inspiration in 1891 World's Fair Household Companion recipes for bone-marrow pomade, while bartender…
Top Choice Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective

Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic-permaculture manuals, prison literature and radical comics, while coordinating the annual spring Anarchist Bo…
Top Choice Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

William Stout Architectural Books

You can't fit SFMOMA into your pocket, but you can put it on your coffee table – California architectural obsessions begin at William Stout, with 1st-edition catalogs for SFMOMA designers Snøhetta and retro classics…
Top Choice Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Charlie's Corner

More than a bookstore, Charlie's Corner is a place for kids to explore ideas, creativity and storytelling. The playfully designed space is scaled to children, with a giant magic tree rising to the ceiling and munchk…
Top Choice Books in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Last Bookstore in Los Angeles

What started as a one-man operation out of a Main St storefront is now California's largest new-and-used bookstore, spanning two levels of an old bank building. Eye up the cabinets of rare books before heading upsta…
Top Choice Books in Ojai

Bart’s Books

One block north of Ojai Ave, this charming, unique indoor-outdoor space sells new and well-loved tomes. It's been going for well over a half century so demands at least a half-hour browse and a purchase or two – jus…
Top Choice Books in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Mystery Pier Books

An intimate, hidden-away courtyard shop that specializes in selling signed shooting scripts from past blockbusters, and 1st editions from Shakespeare ($2500 to $4000), Salinger ($21,000) and JK Rowling ($30,000 and …
Top Choice Books in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Skylight Books

Occupying two adjoining shopfronts, this much-loved Los Feliz institution carries everything from art, architecture and fashion tomes, to LA history titles, vegan cookbooks, queer literature and critical theory. The…
Top Choice Books in Culver City & Mar Vista

Arcana

Set in the Helms Complex, this is the city's best visual-arts book depot, with new, fine and out-of-print titles on its shelves and in its cabinets. The sheer breadth is overwhelming and almost any artist, architect…
Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Green Arcade

Everything you always wanted to know about mushroom foraging, worm composting and running for office on an environmental platform – plus poetry and noir novels by SF authors. This bookstore emphasizes visionary poss…