Los Angeles books are an important resource for not just those who are visiting and wish to navigate new terrain, but also for residents who may not know the history of their city. Many book stores now carry extensive volumes detailing the history of Los Angeles through the modern day, explaining how and why certain areas became what they are today. Many of the best books about Los Angeles are written by those who grew up in the city and know its history and secrets well.
For a bookstore, you might not think of a location on the Venice Boardwalk, but Small World Books makes it work perfectly. A general bookstore carrying a wide selection of titles published by both major and small presses, the store has been the winner of the Los Angeles Times bookstore of the week in 2011 for its great selection. Moved to the Venice Boardwalk in 1976 after years in Marina del Rey, the bookstore is about 2,000 square feet and offers contemporary fiction and nonfiction as well as anything from mysteries, science fiction, young adult, and art books to travel books and more.