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By the book in the Sierra -Nevada City, Calif.

The Mountain House bookstore in Nevada City features literary rarities including a 21-volume, 1860 edition of Washington Irving’s works. (Patricia Williams)
Artifacts from the California Gold Rush and the influx of Chinese Americans are housed at Nevada City’s Firehouse No. 1 museum. (Patricia Williams)
The venerable Mountain House Books in Nevada City, Calif., is ideally situated in a town also called “the Queen City of the Sierra Nevada.” (Patricia Williams)
Booktown Books in Nevada City is a 3,200-square-foot cooperative of more than a dozen dealers in a beautifully illuminated space. (Patricia Williams)
Grass Valley, Calif. (Patricia Williams)
A long shelf life at Main Street Books & Antiques in Nevada City, Calif. (Patricia Williams)
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is a short walk from Grass Valley’s historic downtown. (Patricia Williams)
Numbering between 200,000 and 300,000, the stock at Ames Bookstore in Grass Valley covers a range of interests unearthed withiin a rabbit-warren display. (Patricia Williams)
The 20,000-some volumes at Carol’s Recycled Paperbacks are arranged by subject, including the always popular “ghosts and angels.” (Patricia Williams)