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Chaucer's Bookstore, Santa Barbara

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  • A find for all book lovers. I could spend hours roaming through the stacks.. I always find wonderful books. 
    A find for all book lovers. I could spend hours roaming through the stacks.. I always find wonderful books.  more »
  • Incredible bookstore with enormous number of title, and very helpful staff. Many stationery and other offerings as well. Excellent children's book selection as well. 
    Incredible bookstore with enormous number of title, and very helpful staff. Many stationery and other offerings as well. Excellent children's book selection as well.  more »
  • Great local bookstores are mostly dying because of Amazon, but I really hope that Chaucer's can hang in there! Very pleasant little store on Upper State near Gelson's. Always a great selection here....  more
    Great local bookstores are mostly dying because of Amazon, but I really hope that Chaucer's can hang in there! Very pleasant little store on Upper State near Gelson's. Always a great selection here....  more »
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  • Excellent, good-sized bookstore. Just, uh, watch your step when perusing its aisles. (you'll understand when you go.)
  • News flash…the mask mandate is OVER. Big sign out front telling you “masks are recommended” and that they have masks inside if you don’t have one. Stop trying to strong arm your customers. I’ve been shopping here for at least 38 years. No more.
  • I love this place. There is no shortage of books here. There is literally something, for everyone. I got some great, fun,, science gifts, for the grandkids and the lovely sales woman did a beautiful job, wrapping the gifts, for me.
  • Nice bookstore- clean store- personable clerks.. serene atmosphere.
  • Remember books?! They sell those here, and if you've never seen one in person I would check them out while they're still around. They have a great selection. If you're a bit short on funds, no problem, they have free books available in the "self help" section, just help yourself! If you're not much of a reader, books also make great home decorations. Prominently place your books on a well lit shelf in the living room to give off the impression that you are an intellectual. The more nuanced the subject the better(Chaos Theory, the First Punic War, the History of modern Trigonometry, etc.) Pretty ironic Amazon started as a website selling books...

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