The crazy, beautiful, idiosyncratic bookstores of Los Angeles

Photos: The independent and extraordinary bookstores of Los Angeles

Los Angeles has glorious beaches, stunning cityscapes and more than its share of highly photogenic human beings. And though it may not be known for its bookstores, they too are out of this world.

Some are extraordinary and unusual. Others are humble or handsome. One has a tree growing in its center.

What these diverse shops share is a pride of ownership. They're all independents, run by people who believe in print books, no matter what any futurists may say.

Take a look at the crazy, beautiful, idiosyncratic bookstores of Los Angeles.

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