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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Jarir Bookstore is the Intellectual Hub of Little Arabia

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Little Arabia is best known for its stretch of restaurants along Brookhurst Street serving Orange County's best Middle Eastern dishes, but a separate type of feast is found at the ethnic enclave's southernmost tip. Jarir Bookstore in Garden Grove is the intellectual hub of the local Arab-American and Muslim community, with rows of books stacked almost all the way up to the ceiling. "We probably have 15,000 titles at any given time," says owner Jarir Saadoun, for whom the store is named. "The kids books section is our biggest. That's the future, right?"

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