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Extra: Book Soup in Los Angeles

I’ve been wanting to write about this fabulous bookstore in West Hollywood that has been taken over by Vroman’s in Pasadena. Conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, this is a must-stop for me. It’s the ultimate shrine of bookstore. The mecca. It’s easy to get lost in the vertiginous bookshelves that are black, chic, and classy. New books are immediately greeting you as you walk through the door. Fiction is located in the two aisles behind the new book table. Staff recommendation cards

After Dutton’s bowed out, Book Soup became one of the last strongholds on the Westside, a place where bookish nerds and the community builders who love them can seek sanctuary from wolves and bullies. Though definitely not as old or storied as City Lights here in San Francisco, Book Soup could be its L.A. cousin, replete with brainy selections, tall wooden shelves, and that particularly fine smell of ink and paper found only in indie bookstores.

They have a huge selection for such a small space, and the inventory is perfectly edited. The staff is wonderful, and they give recommendations that could only come from true book lovers! As an avid reader I find it difficult to discover new authors/books in your average bookstore, but Book Soup never disappoints. On the most recent visit I managed to read all the staff recommendations in fiction section and bought 8 books in light of them. I whiled away three hours just doing that and browsing with a friend.

Book Soup | 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90069


4 Responses

  1. If you ever visit Portland, OR, you should spend some time at Powell’s City of Books. I think you would enjoy it.

  2. […] Extra: Book Soup in Los Angeles […]

  3. I loooove Book Soup! It’s wonderful! I used to frequent the place back in the day when we lived near the area. (Well, we lived a few towns away but would often go there.) Thanks for sharing!

  4. […] existing TBR pile is staggering. I still have books from the trip to Los Angeles in September, at Book Soup. So the latest acquisitions on my shelf […]

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