I feel lucky to live within walking distance of my favorite bookstore, Dutton's ("One 'Little Fish' Who Won't Abandon the Pond," SoCal P.O.V., by Patt Morrison, Dec. 6).
The column did justice to Doug Dutton, a businessman who knows his customers by their first names and whose booksellers are so well-read that they are able to suggest good books to anyone of any age.
What's more, for whatever school or nonprofit group I've been involved with during the past 10 years, Dutton has always been generous with gift certificates and/or a donation of books. His involvement with the community has made Dutton's not only the literary heart of Brentwood but the literal heart of Brentwood as well.
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As a member of a book club, I've frequently had to ask Dutton and his staff for advice. Each time I've been rewarded with suggestions ranging from novelist Kate Atkinson to poet Philip Levine. And the children's department has steered me toward dozens of wonderful picture books for my two youngsters.