14 California bookstores in nine days

Copperfield's in Healdsburg: maybe next time. LA Observed

David Allen, the columnist for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, recently went on vacation in Northern California. For him, nine days on the road means stops at eight record stores and 14 bookstores. He details the stops and his purchases in the column. Excerpt:

If I ever fully embraced the 21st century, I’m not sure what I would do on vacation. Browse on Amazon and iTunes while lounging poolside with an iPad?...

More books are the last thing I need, ranking slightly below a hole in the head. Keeping this in mind, despite walking into 14 stores I walked out with a relatively light 20 books. The way some people like being in bars or shoe stores, I like spending time in bookstores.

Fifteen of my 20 books came from just two stores. At half the stores I managed to leave unburdened, without so much as a pity purchase.

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