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Like moths, bookworms (and God bless them) are drawn to this skylight: a loftlike, indie bookstore focusing on local, nontraditional and foreign authors...
This genteel Upper East Side book shop invites browsing, with stacks devoted to art, literature and the history of New York – not to mention plenty of first editions. A wonderful place to while away a chilly afternoon.
This landmark in gay and lesbian DC sells CDs and videos, as well as books covering a range of provocative topics. Check out the flyers and free giveaways near the door to find out what’s happening in gay DC.
Among the crowded stacks and sharp fragrance of brewing coffee beans, patrons browse for books on local history and light vacation reads. The staff picks are good, and there is a tiny cafe on hand for cozy chats.
Since the demise of Borders in 2011 and the relocation of Elliott Bay Books to Capitol Hill, Barnes & Noble remains downtown's main book emporium, with generous opening hours and helpful, well-read staff.
The South’s oldest gay bookstore is a ramshackle, intellectual spot and a good place to pick up local ‘zines and catch up on the New Orleans scene, gay or otherwise. Look for the subtle (enormous) rainbow flag.
Tucked into a tiny basement, Raven knows its audience: its 14,000 books focus on scholarly titles, especially in the liberal arts. Bibliophiles agree that the quality and condition of books is top-notch.
One block north of Ojai Ave, this unique indoor-outdoor space sells new and well-loved tomes. It demands at least a half-hour’s browse – just don’t step on the lurking but surprisingly nimble cat.
For those looking for a good beach read, this mystery-murder focused bookstore is a popular stop for Floridian authors on book tours. You can also pick up other general interest books on Florida here.
Inside Chelsea Market, family-run Posman is a sleekly designed reading hub and an inviting social space that hosts talks and activities for the little ones. Definitely worth stopping by for a gander.
Nestled right between the U District and Wallingford, Comics Dungeon stocks a good selection of comics and graphic novels plus the usual accompaniments of gothy dolls, toys and action figures.
Art lovers enjoy Mike Carroll Gallery, where you can find the eponymous owner either creating a new work or busy displaying the work of another artist. It's also a good source for local books.
This great little shop is packed to the gills with rare and used books, including a good selection of fiction and illustrated tomes. There are first editions and there's a smattering of vintage vinyl.
This wee downtown storefront is packed with everything from road atlases to language guides, with huge foldout sheet maps of the district, children’s activity guides and a small selection of globes.
Decorated in the style of an old-school NYC Explorers’ Club, high adventure feels nigh. Until then, browse best sellers, manga paperbacks and travel tomes from an independent local bookseller.
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