The conventional wisdom is wrong: Real
bookstores are not dead.
From Seattle to Miami, you'll still find wonderful (and large)
local bookstores that are destinations unto themselves.
Yes, over the past two decades many independent bookstores have
gone to that big remainder table in the sky, unable to undersell
the big chain stores and the online book merchants.
While that's much to be lamented, our purpose here is not
chain-bashing (let he who has never enjoyed a 30-percent discount
on a bestseller cast the first stone), but celebration. Its numbers
may be fewer, but the great American indie bookstore lives on,
nurturing literature lovers who still long for a more intimate
encounter with the printed page in a milieu that is stubbornly
local and shaped by the personal, sometimes quirky tastes of
So, a toast to some of the country's most treasured independ-ent
bookstores. Note we said some, not all. All lists are
incomplete, and we're keenly aware that dozens of beloved indies
have been left out. We can already hear the cries: "Hey, where's
Cody's Books in Berkeley? Politics & Prose in D.C.? Harry W.
Schwartz in Milwaukee? John K. King in Detroit? And what about That
Bookstore in Blytheville, Arkansas? And Square Books in Oxford,
Mississippi, and Brattle Book Store in Boston, and Shaman Drum in
Ann Arbor, and
And so many more. Perhaps a sequel is in order. Maybe a trilogy!
NEW YORK CITY
Broadway and 12th Streets
Offers: New, used, and rare books
Claim to Fame: "Eight Miles Of Books"