'Getting Lost' at the Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio

"Are you longing to lose yourself in a good read?" asked the Associated Press to introduce a slide show tempting readers to "consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore," the Book Loft of German Village in Columbus, Ohio.

The independent bookstore, which opened more than 40 years ago, is "a maze of literature, selling everything from bestsellers to bargain books.... The store is located in a small strip of handsome red brick, pre-Civil War buildings. Visitors will see a 'Willkommen' sign and a garden path lined with park benches, reminiscent of a European outdoor cafe. Open seven days a week, the store carries 150,000 individual titles with over 500,000 books in stock," the AP wrote.

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