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A Book Barn offers bookish nematodes a wide array of new publications and used booklets, stuffing its shelves with everything from historical fiction to semi-autobiographical fantasy novels to essays about the upcoming crab-people invasion. A Book Barn specializes in children's books ($1–$15)—pick up Jon Scieska's subversive The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales ($12.75 for used hardcover)—as well as Californian historical non-fiction. Browse the general-fiction and non-fiction sections, especially the shop's eclectic used section, for old-school titles such as Franz Kafka's The Great Wall of China: Stories and Reflection ($10 for hardcover), which rub spines with newer popular titles such as Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner ($4.25 for used paperback). A Book Barn carries about 25,000 volumes in the store, but book inquirers seeking hard-to-find Steven Seagal medical-fiction novels can search through more than 90,000 publications in their warehouse via Amazon.