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“Love this little Hideaway Library” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Henry Miller Memorial Library

Henry Miller Memorial Library
Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
831-667-2574
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Ranked #13 of 14 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Los Angeles
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Love this little Hideaway Library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

You don't have to be an avid Henry Miller fan to enjoy this little gem of a library on the Pacific Coast Hwy in Big Sur, CA

Visited October 2013
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English first
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Not Miller's, not a library, not a memorial”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

My trip here was a pilgrimage. For most of my twenties, Miller was a god to me and I always hoped I'd visit this place one day. Big mistake. It's a shoddy little bookshop dressed up as something more. The books that aren't for sale look like a load of old junk just thrown together. Miller didn't even live here, just his friend Emile Schnellock. The few mementoes are tantalising, but insufficient. Miller would have laughed ironically if he'd seen this joke parading in his name. The only reason to visit is that it's free, unlike the dozens of other outrageous rip-offs that constitute Big Sur.

Visited April 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Nice little bookshop in a great spot.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The owners have eclectic taste, so you find all sorts of random and fun books here. It's well worth a stop as you drive through Big Sur.

Visited March 2014
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CALIFORNIA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Is Daisy in the kitchen?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It was really a treat to walk into the library and see it so full of people really browsing and enjoying themselves. An old fashioned (well, like the 1980s) record player was playing something and the atmosphere of books, music, people and huge trees felt like sneaking around in something magical.
Its also worth to note that books are sold, and should be bought there to support the remaining local bookstores left. I did and would again!

Visited February 2014
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Morgan Hill, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

They even have musical events and you never know who may show up. Big names just show up and play here. It is wonderful even without that but the events make it great.

Visited July 2013
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