On a weekend trip to beautiful and sunny Santa Cruz, I stumbled upon Logos Books and Records. I knew there is Bookshop Santa Cruz, a new-book venue on Pacific Avenue in downtown, but after we parked the car, we saw the back-door of Logos.
This place is gigantic, with two levels of books and records. The no-frill, non-descript atmosphere reminds me of Green Apple Books in the city. Logos is a great used, local bookstore. It’s nicely organized (at least the fiction), laid out, and has good parking. The staff recommends The Master and Margarita, my all-time favorite novel, by Mikhail Bulgakov. A quick scour of the fiction section affords a copy of Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa, which I couldn’t find anywhere and had just finished.
Since Santa Cruz is very liberal, I’m not surprised to have spotted very provocative titles like the one above. My only complaint is that the organization at some points can be slightly hectic and hard to grasp at first; especially because there is no catalog to help see if specific books are available at certain times. Not a big deal, this really is a phenomenal bookstore.