on January 22, 2002
Book Worm is an interesting used bookstore just a couple of blocks up from Cannerey Row. It sees a lot of tourist trade, but it is not as much of a tourist trap as the shops on the main drag. The store is small and does not have a remarkable amount of stock, but the space is packed full. If you are keeping your eyes open for a certain older volume, you may want to take a look. I found a hard-bound title for which I have been searching since 1996. The prices are quite reasonable. Upon entering the Book Worm you will notice a great array of "New-Age" books that will please you if that is your taste; if not, I encourage you to press on four feet farther into the store where the selections become less ethereal. The Temple of the Frog offerings include scarves, journals and incense. My book smells very exotic as I turn the pages, which I like. (A professional archivist would probably be horrified.)The gentleman working behind the counter was reserved and pleasant. If you are staying in Monterey anywhere but on Cannery Row itself you will have ample opporunity to make a stop on Lighthouse Avenue and check out this--clearly independently-owned--shop.
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