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  1. Green Apple Books in San Francisco on Clement Street (near 5th): downstairs the shelves are packed with new books, stacked precariously on tables that create labyrinthine aisles where people can’t help but bump into one another as they shuffle through on their way upstairs, where stacks and stacks of used books — hard to find! first editions! super cheap! — wait to be discovered like a rare and awkwardly attractive face on a street in some random city: fairy-tale-like, out of nowhere, lucky.

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