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Best New Bookstore San Francisco 2010 - The Green Arcade

The Green Arcade

The Green Arcade

1680 Market

San Francisco, CA 94102


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New bookstores don't appear very often, and when they do, we have no right to expect they'll look anything like the Green Arcade. But there it is: a near-perfect, delicate bookshop, dripping with yellowy atmosphere, welcoming chairs, and incredible books, which don't seem to be shelved as much as perfectly curated. Everything you've wanted to read, or know you should read, is there, and you'll want to rifle through everything else. Broadly, the store specializes in environment, politics, food, farming, nature, and sustainability, with niche books that would baffle Borders' corporate buyers. It also has strong local representation, including Erick Lyle's On the Lower Frequencies and SF Weekly alums Silke Tudor and Jack Boulware's Gimme Something Better. No wonder: The owner, Patrick Marks, was the former buyer for Cody's. It's good to see he's found another shop to craft a legend around.

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