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Book Alley

Book Alley

Whether you’re seeking a first edition of Catcher in the Rye for $2,100 or a new graphic novel, Book Alley is well worth a prowl. Now in larger quarters farther east from its original location in the Playhouse District, it displays new and used books side by side. Titles on California, photography, history, art, anthropology, [...]

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

The Old Pas branch of this nationwide chain has the usual B&N assortment of titles, a solid newsstand and a very nice staff. There’s another location in Glendale. 111 W. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena 626.585.0362, bn.com

Bookfellows

Bookfellows

This is a fun destination for lovers of used and/ or rare books. Known for one of the largest sci-fi and horror collections in the region, it also stocks plenty of mysteries, and the lurid, color- saturated covers of its pulp paperbacks make for entertaining grazing. Local author talks and signings add to the neighborhood [...]

The Archives Bookshop

The Archives Bookshop

Next door to Cook Books by Janet Jarvits and across the street from Mitchell Books (or Crime Time), Archives is a huge, well-lit, thoughtfully displayed used bookstore that is the yin to Crime Time’s yang – while murder and mayhem lurk at Mitchell, theology and pastoral counseling fill the pages here. A great resource for [...]

Alexandria II Metaphysical Bookstore

Alexandria II Metaphysical Bookstore

The aroma of incense lures shoppers strolling between Ann Taylor and Starbucks, tempting them to step into this New Age store to get in touch with their auras or their past lives. You’ll  find new and used books on everything New Age, as well as crystals, candles, jewelry, videos and music (for massage, yoga, spiritual [...]

Vroman’s Bookstore

Vroman’s Bookstore

At the flagship Colorado store you can roam many shelves of books and still have that inner glow of knowing you are supporting a local business – this Pasadena institution is going strong after more than 100 years. In fact, in 2008 Publishers Weekly named it Bookseller of the Year. Call ahead and pick something [...]

Sierra Madre Books

Sierra Madre Books

Small and personable, in the heart of Sierra Madre’s impossibly charming downtown, this new shop is part community hub – offering tutoring, poetry readings and a meeting room – and part new and used bookstore. The selection isn’t large, but you’ll find all the new bestsellers, and well as some terrific used finds. 52 W. [...]

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

A true community bookstore, this place is owned by Maureen Palacios, who seems to know every customer personally – and every book, too. Her store isn’t large, so she chooses the titles carefully. So even though much of the store is devoted to children’s books, adults will find lots of great reads, with particularly good [...]

Imix Bookstore

Imix Bookstore

Literature from Latin America is the focus at this compact and friendly book/gift store in the heart of Eagle Rock. You’ll find titles on politics and culture, English translations of Spanish-language novels, and some fiction and nonfiction in Spanish, too, along with jewelry from Lisa Rocha and Sergio Flores, art from Chicano and Native American [...]

Cliff’s Books

Cliff’s Books

Makes one think of the wonderful Arnold Lobel children’s poem that begins, “Books to the ceiling, books to the sky. My piles of books are a mile high.” One makes one’s way gingerly through this cluttered shop of used and rare treasures. Comic and record collectors have made some very special finds here, but mostly [...]

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