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Best Bookstore for Really Smart People 

University Press Books

Even after the tragic loss of Telegraph institution Cody's, Berkeley is still home to a handful of amazing indie bookstores, among them University Press Books. Despite hard economic times and fierce competition from Internet sites, University Press Books continues to thrive under its original owners, husband-wife team Bill and Karen McClung, who founded the bookstore in 1974. With the slogan "Ten Thousand Minds on Fire" stretching across the top of the front door, the shop primarily attracts a crowd of professors, grad students, and otherwise nerdy folk, and carries titles from 140 scholarly and academic presses. The store also organizes occasional author events, such as book signings. The staff, an eccentric group of bibliophiles with an encyclopedic knowledge of esoteric publishers, is especially friendly and helpful, and truly loves what they do.

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