The Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A.

This weekend I got to go to The Last Bookstore and, holy heck, I love it. As previous readers will note, I have a thing for bookstores where I want to travel the world and buy a book from each.

This lovely big store made my day.
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This wasn’t a bad start. I didn’t get just one book though, oh no. The Last Bookstore is known for its dollar book catacombs, where books are sometimes organized by genre, or by color, or by country. Needless to say, I was up there for hours (I think two and a half was the final agreed upon time I spent perusing books).

I believe my final count on books was thirty. Yes, that’s right, I bought thirty one-dollar books. Why? Because who can say no to dollar books! I got books on linguistics, books on Shakespeare, books on British Literature, books on history, books on naturalism, books on poetry and, of course, books on politics, because I can.

Fred was a gentleman and carried my books out for me. I think a total of 5 in that pile aren’t mine. Note to dudes: Don’t take an English Major to a bookstore on a date unless you have strong arms like Fred.
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The Last Bookstore also has a unique interior, featuring wide open spaces, book sculptures, geometrically manipulated bookshelves, a yarn store, a huge bottom floor full of new books, a giant science fiction section before the catacombs upstairs, and, for good measure, an art gallery.

Oh Bookstore, you had me at books. The Art Gallery is just a bonus!
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In short, I could live there and be content.

This is me. I am at the bookstore. I am happy because I bought a ton of books and didn’t have to carry them. That was Fred’s job and he did it well.
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So, dear reader, I would have to say if you are in the L.A. area or can get to it, The Last Bookstore is a great place for a book-lover or someone who is just a book-liker to go visit and check out. You won’t regret it because there’s something there for everyone to enjoy.

– Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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