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Best Bookstore for Eccentric Scholars 

University Press Books

If you want weirdo scholarship, the relentless pursuit of the aphorism wherever it may lead, then by God, head for the public sector. South Berkeley's University Press Books has got just what you need, if what you need is 30,000 titles penned by obscure university scholars across the country. Consider that number once again: 30,000 different books. Books like Gothic Tombs of Kinship, Reading Neo-Platonism, or Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece. It's a dream come true for the best but least celebrated among us, the shambling, fretful bookworm, they of the frayed collar and distracted air. For it is scholars such as these that came to our rescue on the morning of September 11. Suddenly everyone was filled with a hunger to understand the mind of the Taliban or militant Islamist. And University Press had its Central Asia section, as well as a little book called The Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism. You need University Press Books more than you know.

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