Saturday, January 5, 2013

America's Best Bookstores

Travel and Leisure's January 2013 issue has an article by Sarah L. Stewart on America's Best Bookstores.

If you're a bookish person, and you probably are if you're reading this, you search out bookstores whenever you travel. I've only been to 5 or so of the bookstores Sarah Stewart has chosen. Wouldn't it be fun to do a U.S. Bookstore Tour? Anyone game? Are there any other Bookstores you'd add to the list? What are some of your favorites?

"You’ll find more than a good read at these cool independent bookstores across America." 

Square Books, Oxford, MS
Prairie Lights, Iowa City
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO
Bookbook, New York City, NY
Powell's Books, Portland, OR
Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA
The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Crow Bookshop, Burlington, VT
City Lights, San Francisco, CA
Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, ID
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

For the complete article with comments and photos, go here.

Hat Tip: ShelfAwareness


Melodie Campbell said...

Can I add a Canadian one? "Sleuth of Baker Street" in Toronto. A delight for the crime fiction lover!

Joe Barone said...

I like the Brookline Booksmith in Boston Brookline.

J F Norris said...

The Strand in Manhattan is missing from this list! What about the entire Southwest of the US? COAS in Las Cruces, NM is one of the most amazing used bookstores I've visited in the *entire* nation and a fine representative for the Southwest. Nothing from the midwest except a small store in a college town in Iowa? I'm embarrassed for the writer of the article. She and her crew overlooked Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio all of which have several fine bookstores.

Here's the best of Chicago (where I live) to make up for the shameful dearth of stores from the Midwest:

Unabridged Books
Ogara & Wilson
Gallery Books
Book Works
Myopic Books

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, John... so many more that I love.. Moe's..

Patti Phillips said...

This is great! I'm hoping that more people will add their faves. I travel quite a bit and like to wander in to the local indie store, wherever that might be. My next trip is to Austin, TX. Any ideas?

John McEvoy said...

What, no Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale? The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL? How can this be?

Janet Rudolph said...

Not my list... so many more that are my personal favorites...

Dutcher said...

Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City, OK needs to be on the list, too. Great staff and wonderful selections.

Anonymous said...

Murder by the Book in Houston TX
One of the oldest & largest Mystery specialist bookstore in the US since 1980 & still going strong!

Linda said...

I'd like to add Porter Square Bookstore in Somerville , MA.

Maltese Condor said...

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is my go to place for a wonderful mystery section as well a good overall reading variety.