SAN DIEGO — What is your favorite bookstore? people were asked at random one day downtown:
Joseph Shaara, 47, Imperial Beach:
"Wahrenbrock's, definitely. I've known those guys since I came from New York 17 years ago. There they are, in downtown San Diego, selling new and used books right beside each other, not even bothering to separate them. I love it. They're really tremendous people, those guys. They have a great, great store."
Larry Schierech, 33, San Diego:
"Judging from the travel section alone, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich is easily the best. Crown Books is good, and B. Dalton in Mission Valley is really good. Am I offended by chains? Hardly. Look at HBJ. That's a tremendous corporation, and it hasn't affected their judgment. The best bookstore in town was Mithras Books in La Jolla. It closed down, though, when the old Unicorn Theatre died."
Barbara Orr, 36, Escondido:
"I generally shop at Crown, 'cause it's closer to my house. But HBJ has a much better selection. If you want quality, you'd go to HBJ."