While each of these stores cover deep niches, the strength of each, besides their obvious devotion to their specialty, is the welcoming environment to those outside the circle of devotees each store provides. You don't have to be a card-carrying member of a club to enjoy these treasures. Upon entering Book Woman, customers are greeted by the wall of children's books that deal with such real-life issues as uncomfortable touch and sexism in the workplace. The rest of the stacks take as thorough and unflinching an approach. They also have a lending library of video tapes and a used books section. Austin Books carries stacks of older superhero comics, an amazing array of movie posters, action figures, and an impressive cross-section of today's indie comic titles.
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