Alright. Post-rant, I seem to have stumbled across a real independent bookstore in Monterey County: River House Books, at the Crossroads in Carmel. It doesn’t have a cafe, but it’s located right across from a very nice one, the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company. River House seems to have a good selection of books, with a focus on humanities and the sciences. It’s a beautiful bookstore, spacious and clean, with that new-book smell that tells me it’s likely the real thing, unless they are administering some special book-scent spray to lure customers in. I didn’t have a chance to get a real good look at their selection, though. I’ll tell you more when I’m able to spend more time there.
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