In these halcyon days of eBay and Amazon, you can have even the most obscure titles overnighted to you, but nothing beats the thrill of hands-on discovery. If you're looking for something specific—like retro movie bibles or long-forgotten cookbooks—there is a store (and a shop owner) dedicated to your niche.

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Hennessey + Ingalls, Santa Monica, California

High Valley Books, Brooklyn

Cinema Books, Seattle

Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Hollywood, California

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Mysterious Bookshop, New York City

The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Cook's Library, Los Angeles

Kitchen Arts & Letters, Inc., New York City

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