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Book Soup, West Hollywood

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Book Soup is an independent bookstore located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, and is the largest general interest independent bookstore in Hollywood. The store is "known for its tall, teetering stacks and mazes of shelves crammed with titles that attracted entertainment and tourist industry clientele..." Popular with many in the entertainment industry, the store continues to hosts events featuring a variety of celebrity authors who have so far included Muhammad Ali, Howard Stern, Annie Leibovitz, Chuck Palahniuk, Jenna Jameson, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, and The Doors. Considered a "cultural fixture" of the Sunset Strip, Book Soup has also been featured as a location in a number of films and television shows.
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  • I adore this shop. I get to LA once a year and am sure to visit this store which opens at 9am. I always go here for a terrifically curated selection of memoirs and biographies that are arranged by...  more »
  • I have been a mail-order customer of Book Soup for years, and was excited to actually see the store in person. As a bonus, the son of a friend had published a book and was doing a signing/talk there.....  more »
  • This book store was very cute and jam-packed with a nice variety of books. Although rather small, they definitely make use of all of the space they have and have many different sections to choose from. Unfortunately, I could not find a "true crime" section, although there might have been true crime books there. For any book lovers, I suggest giving this unique bookstore a visit!!
  • It's immediately obvious why some independent bookstores have thrived + survived the big box booksellers and Amazon. Book Soup is good for the soul! Ever-changing window displays. One of the last best magazine stands in West Hollywood. Inside is the latest fiction + nonfiction, a terrific selection of cards, fun accessories for the bookish. And a rather amazing schedule of author readings and signings—15 or 20 every month!—at the store and in larger nearby venues. Before you bring another bottle of wine, stop by Book Soup and find a book you know your host will love. You'll be invited back. 📚📖🔖 Shhhhh! There is a small parking lot in the alley behind the store—accessed from Palm or Larrabee. And a large public lot across the street and one block east on Sunset.

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