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Here Are America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores

Hoodline has ranked America’s 50 favorite bookstores. 

Topping the list is Oregon’s Powell’s City of Books (my favorite all-time book shop), located at 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland. With an impressive five stars out of a whopping 3,831 reviews on Yelp, Powell’s is the largest new and used bookstore in the world, with roughly one million books on offer. 

Occupying an entire city block, the bookstore features more than 3,500 different sections and nine color-coded rooms stacked with books, including best-sellers and one-of-a-kind finds in its rare book room. 

I am a bookstore fanatic and have been lucky to have visited: Powell’s City of Books (Portland, Oregon), Strand Bookstore (New York City, New York),

Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado), The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California), Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, Massachusetts), The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, Washington), Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Borderlands Books (San Francisco, California)

and Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, California). It appears that I have quite a few more stores to visit during my future travels!

Check out the entire list HERE and see if your favorite bookstore made the cut.

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The 100 Most Iconic Dishes In Los Angeles

If you’re a true foodie, you will know many of these. The Godmother from Bay Cities. The Chopped Salad from La Scala. The Prime Rib from Lawry’s. Beautifully perennial classics that are quintessentially Los Angeles. We can all agree on this.

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The internal fighting about what made it to the final 100 was heated and brutal. Creating a list like this was a constant battlefield, because LA Magazine had to dig deep and figure out what “iconic” really means. Is it just something all of us like and keep coming back to? Does it have to be truly delicious? Can we include chains, or are we selling our souls? In any case, whether you’ve lived in Los Angeles for years, or you just arrived with a suitcase and a dream, these dishes, truly, should all be enjoyed at least once in your life. In no particular order, HERE is the list.

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Overhyped, Overrated Tourist Traps To Avoid At All Costs

There are plenty of attractions that you must see when traveling. You can’t go to Paris for the first time without seeing the Eiffel Tower, and few people want to come home from Yellowstone without photos of Old Faithful.

But for every tourist destination that’s come by its iconic reputation honestly, there’s a crappy tourist trap that isn’t worth your time or money.

Sure, a lot of this comes down to personal opinion. After all, one person’s tacky attraction is another person’s campy must-see perfect for Instagramming. Yet Far & Wide feels pretty confident that the places on this list are a total wash. Their lines are long, the crowds add hours to your visit, and the chances of having the time to genuinely take in what you’re seeing are very slim.

Check out the list HERE and see if you agree?

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

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The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice.

Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to see.

One caveat: the list is limited to one book per author, so Stephen King fans will have to expand their horizons a little bit. Check out 50 books that will keep you up all night after the jump, and add any other scary favorites to the list in the comments.

See the list HERE.

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The Must List: Ranking The Best In 25 Years of Pop Culture

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Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 illustrated top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, books, and music from the editors of Entertainment Weekly.

Beginning with an introduction highlighting the “25 Things We’ve Forgotten About 1990”, this full-color, deep-dive into the past twenty-five years of obsessive pop-culture coverage features the magazine’s incisive criticism, trademark humor, and 2,500 amazing moments.

Featured topics include: Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars, and many more binge-worthy lists.

The 192 page hardcover will be released on October 6, 2015.

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The 11 Biggest LEGO Sets of All Time

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We all have fond memories from our younger years putting together fun LEGO sets like cars, planes, houses, and more. But if you were especially lucky (or especially wealthy), you might have had the opportunity to construct truly massive LEGO sets like the Taj Majal, Shield Helicarrier, or even the fabled Death Star Itself.

HERE are the 11 biggest pre-made sets the LEGO company has ever released, sorted by number of pieces.

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The Signature Food From Every State

Every region of the world has a dish that that region is known for. And this phenomenon isn’t any different in the United States. Each state is known for a signature dish and the folks over at AskReddit helped us find out the signature food from every state, according to people who live in those states.

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The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time

Paste Magazine thought it would be interesting to celebrate TV cartoon characters, young and old, that they hold dear. The magazine came up with 50 great ones like The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, but also tried to diversify the list. Who made # 1? Find out HERE. Are there any favorite cartoon characters of yours that did not make the cut?


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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. Check out the list HERE.

The Real-Life Hoverboard

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The Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000)—a type of skateboard that levitates like a magic carpet—had been a pipe dream since its fictional debut in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. Now California-based tech firm Hendo has built the real thing.

Granted, there are caveats. Hendo’s hoverboard can float only an inch or so above the ground, and even then only over conductive material like copper or aluminum. Just 10 are being made to order (so far). And battery life is 15 minutes—barely enough time to zoom past your enemies à la Marty McFly.

But the technology that powers it could be revolutionary. Using the $450,000-plus it raised on Kickstarter, Hendo founders Jill and Greg Henderson plan to develop magnetic “hovering” tech to stabilize buildings during earthquakes, protect valuable works of art and more. “The hoverboard is the first step to bringing this technology to the world,” says Greg.

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20 Must-Try Hot Dogs in America

Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts – particularly this time of year, when warm nights beg for a couple of franks of the grill. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?

Men’s Journal suggests 20 must-try hot dogs in America and you can check out the list HERE.

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Old-School Chili Dog (Pink’s, Los Angeles)

The classic chili dog combines ground-beef chili with mustard and onions – and maybe a few slices of American cheese.

Where to Get It: When it opened as a 10-cent hot dog stand in 1939, the owners of Pink’s, in Hollywood, could never have imagined the unrelenting lines and sheer variety of wieners for which the place is known today. Never mind all that – chili dogs are what Pink’s started with, pairing all-beef, natural-casing dogs by Hoffy’s with meaty chili in a soft steamed bun.

Pink’s
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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