bookstore to remember: powell’s city of books

powell’s books has been an institution in portland since 1971. their flagship location is HUGE. i got lost in here for quite a while, browsing the shelves of new and used books and checking out the staff recommendations and the local author sections. they also had lots of great portland/powell’s books souvenirs. even though powell’s…

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bookstore to remember: elliott bay book co.

founded in 1973 by walter carr, elliott bay book co. is in seattle’s capitol hill neighborhood. it had what seemed like every book i could imagine. there was also a coffee shop inside, which is always a plus. elliot bay appears to not only sell a vast collection of books, but also hosts several events…

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bookstore to remember: parnassus books

parnassus books is an independent bookstore in the green hills area of nashville and is co-owned by author ann patchett. inside, there were new releases and classics alike. i loved that the store had a piano and a store pup (based on their website, they actually have two store pups!) parnassus seems like it has…

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bookstore to remember: city lights books

city lights bookstore is on columbus ave at broadway in san francisco. it was founded in 1953 by poet lawrence ferlinghetti and peter d. martin. the rebellious and smart edge of the beatniks can still be felt in the store’s ambiance today. city lights was the united states’ first all-paperback bookstore. it has everything you…

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bookstore to remember: the booksmith

the booksmith is in san francisco’s haight-ashbury neighborhood and owned by christin evans and her husband, praveen madan. it is right across from zam zam, one of my favorite bars that i went to on my last trip there. the staff at the booksmith were very friendly and helpful. while there, i grabbed truman capote by george…

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bookstore to remember: landmark booksellers

the oldest commercial building in historic franklin, tennessee is home to landmark booksellers. landmark has a vast collection of new, used, and rare books. with overstuffed couches and chairs lining the walls, richly colored carpets strewn on the floors, and photos and books covering practically every available surface in a perfectly messy and lived in…

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bookstore to remember: burke’s book store

burke’s book store is an independent bookseller nestled in the cooper-young district in memphis, tennessee. on weekends, i love to get lost in burke’s (typically before or after getting a bagel sandwich thing and coffee from otherlands down the street). i rarely go to burke’s with a particular book in mind; instead, i let the…

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