Reading a book, much like dubbing silent films with a sibling's diary entries, is a timeless form of escapism. Read more engaging journals with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of new and used books, music, movies and more at Green Apple Books.
Named Best Independent Bookstore in San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2010 Readers Poll, Green Apple Books boasts 8,000 square feet of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, magazines, and more. Probe the well-read staff's recommendations to lead eyes, ears, and unrealized literary fantasies to engaging texts such as The Hour, a cocktail manifesto penned by Bernard DeVoto ($16.95). Guests may page through novels such as Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detectives ($6.98), or go treasure hunting for the lost collections of famous teacher's assistants by sorting through used books. Green Apple's hand-written "shelf-talkers" offer hundreds of personal picks to help find the reading material to suit all types of escapists. Or deter guests from sleeping on the coffee table by topping it with any of more than 1,000 current magazines ($2.99 to $30), greeting cards and journals ($0.75 to $30), or puzzles ($9.95 to $39.95).
Founded in 1967, Green Apple Books possesses a charming vintage ambience. Dust may romantically settle over shelves while light fixtures hover over the second floor to highlight silly pen names. Sink into one of the shop's hidden alcoves on a rainy afternoon, or follow friendly booksellers up and down the winding staircases to chase the perfect paperback.
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Over the years, the most important facet of this charmingly creaky-floored haven has remained the same: an abiding love for all things literary. You can read it between the lines of the handwritten "shelf-talkers"—small, colorful signs detailing the staff's personal recommendations. You can hear it when you speak to the friendly booksellers themselves—according to Frommer's, the store's "extended sections in psychology, cooking, art, and history; collection of modern first editions; and rare graphic comics are superseded only by the staff's superlative service." And you can feel it in the air as you climb the winding staircase to the second floor to explore tucked-away alcoves surrounded by original gaslight fixtures.
The store's carefully curated and ever-changing inventory ranges from categories such as poetry and philosophy to sports and children's books. The enormous selection and the staff’s astonishing command of it all have earned Green Apple numerous awards, including the title of Bookstore of the Year 2014 in Publishers Weekly and was featured in 7x7's "What We're Reading Now. The owners spread the joy of reading beyond the shop’s overstuffed walls by partnering with worthy causes such as the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Green Apple also recently opened a smaller but equally charming store in the Inner Sunset. Customers find that at Green Apple Books on the Park, there's a great selection of mostly new books, a warm staff, and a little less dust.