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Favorite Bookstores

Recommendations for bookstores for out-of-towners.

I have had occasion to do a bit of traveling lately. When I reach my hotel, I pull out the phone book and look under 'Books' (and related headings) in the Yellow Pages. I write down the addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation of selected bookstores, and then try to determine their general location on the map given to me by the car rental company. Then, when I have time, I try to find these places. I usually don't make it to even half of the ones I select, and a lot of times, they weren't worth the trip anyway. Occasionally, I find a real gem.

What I'd like to see this Group become is ~THE PLACE TO GO~ to cut out a lot of the work I described above.

I want to know where you found that most treasured tome. Which bookstore has the best atmosphere for spending hours browsing the shelves? Which place has the best selection of books? What is your favorite place to get (insert-genre-here) books (there could be several...) and why? I'm interested in "places to go", not "places to avoid".

PLEASE BEGIN EACH SUBJECT LINE with State, City, Bookstore -- Later on, you can then click on "Topic" heading, and they'll all list geographically for you.

Of course, that presumes that the majority of posts will be for bookstores in the U.S -- otherwise, begin with Country first. Then feel free to rave to your heart's content.

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Book Trader 1speaker43, December 2014ignore
Maryland, Cumberland, The Book Center 1tymfos, September 2014ignore
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Connecticut, Books in Barns 6benjclark, October 2011ignore
Ft Myers Florida area 1benjclark, July 2011ignore
New York, NYC, Argosy Book Store 4bostonbibliophile, July 2011ignore
TN, Knoxville, McKay's Used Bookstore 1merideth1775, March 2011ignore
California, Grass Valley, Aames and Booktown Books 2mkboylan, March 2011ignore
New Jersey, Montclair, Montclair Book Center 3Hagelstein, February 2011ignore
Maryland, Baltimore, The Book Escape & Red Emma's 1AngeleDawn, January 2011ignore
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California, San Jose, Recycle Books 1nemoman, November 2010ignore
MN, Minneapolis, Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's 8brightcopy, February 2010ignore
WA, Vancouver, Cover to Cover Books 1CarolO, February 2010ignore
WA, Seattle (actually Lake Forest Park), Third Place Books 2whitetara, September 2009ignore
Santa Fe New Mexico - Collected Works 1misericordia, September 2009ignore
Richmond, Virginia: Black Swan Books 1BeauxBooks, September 2009ignore
California, Santa Barbara. Chaucers 1nemoman, August 2009ignore
South Dakota, Custer, Readers' Retreat Bookstore 3SaintSunniva, August 2009ignore
Reminisce about shuttered bookstores 21lquilter, August 2009ignore
Montreal, Canada : Biosfaire 1jefflavoie, July 2009ignore
California, Petaluma, Copperfield's Books 1SaintSunniva, July 2009ignore
San Francisco 4MissDotty, June 2009ignore
Evanston, Illinois - used bookstore 5JolieLouise, March 2009ignore
Question about a Las Vegas 6misericordia, January 2009ignore
Bookstore Photos 6mstrust, January 2009ignore
Ireland, Galway, Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries 1CarolO, January 2009ignore
WA, Seattle, Wide World Books and Maps 1CarolO, January 2009ignore
Washington - Seattle - Ravenna Third Place Books 2CarolO, January 2009ignore
Seattle, Washington 10maggie1944, October 2008ignore
Colorado, Steamboat Springs 2misericordia, September 2008ignore
New York City - Strand Annex Closing 2LamSon, August 2008ignore
Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver - Book Warehouse 1betterthanchocolate, April 2008ignore
Utah - Salt Lake City - Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore 4Makifat, March 2008ignore
Healdsburg, CA Copperfield's 1winecat, March 2008ignore
Wyoming, Cheyenne, Phoenix Books & Music 1misericordia, March 2008ignore
Oregon - Portland - Powell's!!! 9oregonobsessionz, February 2008ignore
Texas, Austin, Book People, 6th St and Lamar 4AnnaClaire, February 2008ignore
Berkeley, California 4tom1066, January 2008ignore
New York City, The Strand 20aluvalibri, January 2008ignore
Olympia, Washington, Orca Books 1ostrom, January 2008ignore
Tacoma, Washington 1ostrom, January 2008ignore
Maryland, Baltimore, BookThing 1melannen, January 2008ignore
New York, Hillsdale, The Book Barn 1CEP, October 2007ignore
New Jersey, Cream Ridge 1pomonomo2003, October 2007ignore
Oregon - Portland - a few more 3RoseCityReader, October 2007ignore
Ontario, Toronto, Mabel's Fables 2betterthanchocolate, October 2007ignore
volusia county, florida 1andyray, October 2007ignore
Canada, Ontario, Toronto, BMV Bookstore 5Wosret, September 2007ignore
MA, Cambridge, Grolier Poetry Book Shop 2Irisheyz77, September 2007ignore
Ohio, Cleveland, Loganberry Books 3DaynaRT, August 2007ignore
Small towns, independent bookstores 3oregonobsessionz, August 2007ignore
Conyers, GA - Tattersall's 1hobbitprincess, August 2007ignore
West Virginia, Upshur Co., Buckhannon, Books,Books,Books 2hobbitprincess, August 2007ignore
New York, NYC, Morningside Books 4rebeccanyc, August 2007ignore
Italy, Bologna, Feltrinelli International 4TheTwoDs, August 2007ignore
California, San Francisco, William Stout Architectural Books 1hexmap, July 2007ignore
Washington, Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Company 2aluvalibri, July 2007ignore
Italy, Florence, English Bookstores 1nemoman, July 2007ignore
California, San Diego 1nemoman, July 2007ignore
Detroit, Michigan: John King Used Books 8vpfluke, July 2007ignore
Iowa and South Dakota 1bookworm12, July 2007ignore
Washington, Seattle -- Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers 1WholeHouseLibrary, July 2007ignore
Singapore/International/Online - EbookCrescent.com 2WholeHouseLibrary, July 2007ignore
Florida - Jax & St Pete 2andyray, June 2007ignore
Canada, Ontario, Toronto, TYPE Books 2betterthanchocolate, June 2007ignore
Ontario, Toronto, Eliot's Bookshop 3Autodafe, May 2007ignore
Peekskill, New York: Bruised Apple Books 3bleuroses, May 2007ignore
Bay Area Bookstores, California 9aluvalibri, April 2007ignore
New Mexico, Santa Fe, Books & More Books 1misericordia, April 2007ignore
New Mexico, Santa Fe, Garcia Street Books 1misericordia, April 2007ignore
Colorado, Denver, Tattered Cover 3misericordia, April 2007ignore
New Hampshire... 2Bookmarque, March 2007ignore
Oregon - Portland - oldimprints.com 1oregonobsessionz, March 2007ignore
Wisconsin, Milwaukee -- Renaissance Book Shop - 834 N Plankinton Ave 6ExVivre, February 2007ignore
New York, NYC, Three Lives & Company 2aluvalibri, February 2007ignore
Australia, Melbourne, Grub Street Bookstore 1ryn_books, January 2007ignore
California, San Francisco, Green Apple Books 1pechmerle, January 2007ignore
MN, Minneapolis, James and Marie Laurie Booksellers 1fmcgraw, December 2006ignore
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