Best Specialty Bookshop

Shambhala Booksellers

In a world where bookshops specializing in one subject — for that matter, all bookshops — are going the way of the passenger pigeon, it’s a relief to live in a place where they abound. Still, there’s a long way between hanging on and flourishing, so it behooves us to bask in the long twilight that has been granted such shops in the loyal and literate East Bay. Maybe if we wish hard enough, we might just prolong it. Shambhala, an alternative-spirituality standby on Telegraph near Dwight since 1968, has provided siddhus with sutras, shamans with cymbals, Wiccans with spellbooks, saints with scripture, and followers of every other path with bibles, treatises, illuminated manuscripts, and more.

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