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10 of America's best bookstores

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3. Green Apple Books, San Francisco, Calif.

"Zeitoun" author Dave Eggers chose Green Apple Books as a personal favorite. "Green Apple is deceptively simple, humble, even misleading," Eggers wrote, remembering how he had mistaken the store for a fruit market. "But it's a bookstore, and it's a world-class bookstore.... Green Apple's floors, most of which are over a hundred years old, creak wherever you go, and when you walk upstairs, there will be small clouds of dust. The place is old, and smells old, in the best sense; it smells like paperbacks and sun and paperbacks faded in the sun."

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