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Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

The back wall at the Blue Bottle Coffee in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books. The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized...

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