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Top Choice Books in Pioneer Valley

Montague Bookmill

This place promises 'books you don't need in a place you can't find.' Luckily, both claims are slightly exaggerated. Housed in a converted cedar gristmill from 1842, the bookmill's maze of rooms are packed with used…
Top Choice Books in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Great Overland Book Company

SF obsessions go deep at Great Overland, purveyor of rare and obscure books on SF's pet subjects. DIY dandies find inspiration in 1891 World's Fair Household Companion recipes for bone-marrow pomade, while bartender…
Top Choice Books in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective

Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic-permaculture manuals, prison literature and radical comics, while coordinating the annual spring Anarchist Bo…
Top Choice Books in Denver

Tattered Cover Bookstore

There are plenty of places to curl up with a book in Denver’s beloved independent bookstore. Bursting with new and used books, it has a good stock of regional travel guides and nonfiction titles dedicated to the Wes…
Top Choice Books in Manchester

Northshire Bookstore

Forming both the geographic and the intellectual center of the Manchester community, this thriving independent bookstore is the best in Vermont, with a sprawling collection of titles on every subject imaginable (inc…
Top Choice Books in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Kidsbooks

From Squishy McFluff to The Great Big Dinosaur, this huge child-friendly store – reputedly Canada's biggest kids' bookshop – has thousands of novels, picture books and anything else you can think of to keep your boo…
Top Choice Books in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Strand Book Store

Beloved and legendary, the iconic Strand embodies downtown NYC's intellectual bona fides – a bibliophile's Oz, where generations of book lovers carrying the store's trademark tote bags happily lose themselves for ho…
Top Choice Books in Downtown & West End

Paper Hound

Proving the printed word is alive and kicking, this small but perfectly curated secondhand-book store opened a couple of years ago and has already become a dog-eared favorite among locals. It is a perfect spot for b…
Top Choice Books in Capitol Hill & South DC

Capitol Hill Books

A trove of secondhand awesomeness, this shop has so many books staff has to double-stack them on the shelves. Superb notes by the cantankerous clerks help guide your selection. Categories are, er, unconventional, in…
Top Choice Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

William Stout Architectural Books

You can't fit SFMOMA into your pocket, but you can put it on your coffee table – California architectural obsessions begin at William Stout, with 1st-edition catalogs for SFMOMA designers Snøhetta and retro classics…