New doc highlights long-running emporium in West Hollywood that was operated by unassuming straight Jewish couple

As most of us are passing time with whatever distractions we can stream, it feels like quantity is more important than quality.

Confession: I’m watching the sexless reality show “Too Hot To Handle” on Netflix. I’m not proud of it.

But earlier this week, Netflix dropped a real gem of a documentary in “Circus of Books.” It’s sweet (and bittersweet), thoughtful and warm.

It documents a long-running gay bookstore and adult goods emporium in West Hollywood that was operated by an unassuming straight Jewish couple, Karen and Barry Mason.

Directed by the couple’s daughter, Rachel, “Circus of Books” touches on a lot of topics in a story that includes issues of culture, acceptance and family.

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For three decades, the store was a hub of the local gay community. Warm remembrances from former customers show this was anything but a seedy smut shop. It was a place that made them feel at home and accepted.

Karen and Barry are so lovable they feel like a work of fiction, with Barry’s perpetual grin and Karen’s playful awkwardness at her daughter documenting her everyday routines.

But “Circus of Books” touches on much bigger themes, from LGBTQ discrimination and oppression to obscenity laws that put them at risk of imprisonment to a coming-out story within the family.

Credit director Rachel Mason for crafting a strong narrative around her own unique upbringing.

Let’s hope more good originals hit the streaming services soon.