Here’s what—and whom—you won’t get at a big-box book retailer

SFC_20200714My July 14, 2020 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

People who know me are aware I never miss an opportunity to stand on my soapbox and hold forth about the importance of independent bookstores. In every place I’ve ever lived, the local indie has become a second home to me. When I lived in San Francisco in the Richmond, I was at Green Apple Books so often, I found it natural to give, often unsolicited, book advice to people roaming the stacks.

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