The Great Outdoors: Books

I’m still new enough to California to try to wax poetic about the weather. I will say this: it’s heavenly. And this: It’s sunny and warm enough year-round that the climate can support an outdoor bookstore. An outdoor bookstore! Bart’s Books in Ojai is an independently owned shop open since the ’60s that has charm in spades, with open-air bookshelves and an honor system to pay for those bargain books stacked on the outer wall shelves during off-hours. (There is an inside as well, where you’ll find a protected section for first-editions and other collectible tomes, plus cookbooks in a room that was once a kitchen.) Sunshine overhead, a citrus tree dangling fruit above the shelves, and books galore (worth adding: this visit was in January).

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