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This may be the biggest bookstore left in the Bay Area, a great place for literary events in the South Bay.
This is a below the radar place to get lost in books, it's kind of unbelievable how many there are here.
Kayo has an awe-inspiring collection of pulp fiction, old magazines and crazy pop culture titles. I hear it's a favorite of one John Waters.
They're picky, but it's one of the few places where you can attempt to sell books.
It's easy to get lost in thought here among the world political titles and small press statements.
If you have patience, you can find good half off deals.
Despite the chain feel, there's a smart selection of fiction and non-fiction.
Marcus is a hidden gem that features books about black history and culture.
Great source for envy-inducing Japanese books, fashion magazines and catalogs, and a good place to buy gifty miniature kits.
Great selection of music books, particularly the collectible 33 1/3 series.
Not only is this one of the most amazing book shops, Green Apple also has an amazing selection of stationery, notebooks and gifts.
One of the few places in the city where you can find the work of small press publishers.
This has one of the best children's book selections anywhere, plus a cool playhouse for kids.
The store is open until 10 PM, which shouldn't be a big deal but Cody's isn't around anymore so there's nowhere else nearby to get your fix.
If you've got an interest in sci-fi or fantasy, you can learn a lot from browsing here.
This is the best source to get books that Chronicle publishes as soon as they are available, and always a good spot for a last-minute gift.
The owner has all the latest cookbooks, but she specializes in antiquarian food books so it's a great place to find an unusual gift for someone (or yourself).
It's dwindled considerably, but the magazine selection is still well curated, plus they have a lot of cool author events.
Great selection of books centered around Buddhism and spirituality.
Book Passage hosts the excellent Cooks With Books series at various restaurants around the Bay Area, which are fantastic, intimate events where a chef/author feeds you.