Book Soup may be the only spot on the Sunset Strip where agency bigs and struggling actors actually inhabit the same space, at the same time, for more than a few seconds. The reason: the bookstore’s eclectic mix of titles and speakers, who range from Ed Ruscha to RuPaul. “Our bookstore is not, like, whatever sells on The New York Times best-seller list,” says buyer Tosh Berman. “Our store is almost an alternative universe to a lot of other book stores.” Berman gave us a peek inside.
“Just Kids” (Ecco) by Patti Smith is doing incredibly well here. For our clientele it’s a classic book. Another great book is “Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris” (W.W. Norton & Company), by Graham Robb, which describes key moments in Paris’s history, from Napoleon to Sarkozy. Another book is “Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood” (Flammarion), which is basically about Hopper’s taste. It’s a really nice catalogue of his world. “A Splendid Conspiracy” (New Directions Publishing) by Albert Cossery is fascinating. It’s about three Egyptian characters who have a slightly erotic adventure in Cairo.