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Subject: Bookstore shout-outs
Date Posted: 12/31/2011 9:05 AM ET
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(This seemed like an appropriate place to start this...)

What is your favorite bookstore? Do you frequent it often or still fondly remember your one-and-only visit? Online or phyiscal? Bookstore or free shelf? Where to like to shop, scour, and tell folks about. (Yes, PBS counts!)

I'm grateful that place like Uncle Hugo's & Uncle Edgar's (Mineapolis, MN) stays open!

Though, I miss Amazon Bookstore. It was a feminist bookstore operating for 40 years or so in Minneapolis, and then Amazon.com came along. There was a legal bru-ha-ha about who gets rights to use that name. I don't know if that's the reason they sold the business, but sadly, seems like even the new owners are affected by the fallout.



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Date Posted: 12/31/2011 11:58 AM ET
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My favorite bookstore, located in a 3 story 19th c storefront building with fancy ironwork in a southern coastal town, was called "The Haunted Bookstore."  (I kid you not).  It was dimly lit, somewhat dusty and cobwebby, and had narrow creaking staircases, just as it should.  Wide-eyed child that I was at the time, I ventured to ask the owner if the place was really haunted.  She thought a minute (surely she'd never had that question before! :)  and said, "Yes.  By the ghosts of great ideas."  

Thus began a lifelong love of ghoulies, ghosties and great ideas! :)

Years later, the business is still in operation but has been (sadly, to me anyway) modernized.

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 11:46 PM ET
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My all-time favorite bookstore was called BookEnders.  It doesn't exist anymore, but used to exist in this very large, dusty old mansion on the north side of Kansas City.  It was owned and operated by a little old lady who also lived there with several cats and there were books stacked everywhere; it was the kind of place where you had to move a stack of books just to see what was behind it.  Also, she had no categorization system that my 10 year old self could decipher, so if you wanted Nancy Drew, they might be over there, or possibly in that cabinet two rooms over.  I only got to go there once or twice, because my family thinks reading is a sin, but occasionally my grandmother would feel sorry for me and take me shopping.  

Nowdays, my favorite bookstore is the Vero Beach book center:

http://www.verobeachbookcenter.com/

It's in my town, and housed in a pair of converted houses: one for children's lit, and the other for grown-ups.  They have all kinds of murals on the walls of the children's lit house and they have visiting authors sign the walls in marker and leave a quote or sketch.  They also have a lot of grown-up authors visit; the most recent was Patricia Cornwell.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:19 PM ET
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Ooooh, BookEnders sounds like a place I want to retire. I need to start a TBV list for bookstores: To Be Visited. It's also been a while since I took a book-related road-trip.

Date Posted: 1/3/2012 3:33 PM ET
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Dear Dw:  When you go on that bookstore trip, and head south out of Brainerd, plan on stopping off at Buffalo Books in (where else?) Buffalo, MN.  That's in Wright County, out west of the Twin Cities.  It's in the "old" Downtown, with its cobblestone Division Street outside the front entrance.  But we "local" book-folk know you can also get into the place through the "back door" and up a flight of stairs.  The trouble with entering that way is, you step into the back part of the shop, where the very pleasant small coffee shop is located, and unless you're better than I am at resisting the wonderful aroma, you will delay there and have a latte or something.  But you will be allowed to look at something while you sip, as long as you don't spill all over the pages!   Some of us are very appreciative that our town has an independent bookseller.  (Plus, there is also a second-hand bookshop on Central Avenue, called The Book Break, which is nicely organized by its owner and operator,  Its two levels of books house a truly eclectic collection, and a couple of times, I have found a REALLY unusual book there.)

Date Posted: 1/3/2012 6:24 PM ET
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My "new" (new to me) bookstore is Amber Unicorn .

I also like "Dead Poet" (no website) and Book Lovers .

When my husband lived in California and I'd come to visit, I loved going to The Book Baron.  It's long gone now, but it had so many books and the smell was delightful.



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Date Posted: 1/4/2012 7:19 AM ET
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Bonnie, so tempting! I've got a road trip planned soon, but not as far south as Buffalo. Good to know though. Has me daydreaming...

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 10:23 PM ET
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Jennifer, being a CA native, of course this thread made be think of Book Baron.  I think my parents raised us there.  Ahh the memories!

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 8:01 AM ET
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I went to go google Book Baron to see if I could find pictures of the store front, but this came up near the top of the search. I about lost it!

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This guy came up too. His name is Baron Von Muckity Muck! You never know what you're going to get sometimes...

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 6:57 PM ET
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Baron von Muchausen's cousin?

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Date Posted: 1/7/2012 4:11 PM ET
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My favorite is the Lyrical Ballad bookstore here in Saratoga Springs.  It's a used book store, and it sprawls through rooms and rooms in a convoluted pattern.  You can almost get lost in there.  Once I wandered into a back room I don't think was supposed to be open...mounds and mounds of books in storage.  It's so cool, and I could browse all day.  Also, I only make sure to bring as much cash as I'm willing to spend.  

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 10:28 AM ET
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There are 2 bookstores that are gone but I will never forget. They are Cody's Books (in Berkeley on Telegraph Avenue) and Stacy's Books (in San Francisco).  I miss them so much cryingcrying.   On the still open front, I highly recomend Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.  Every book lover should be required to make at least 1 pilgrimage to that shrine of books.  Three floors covering one city block full of books. It is also home of the country's only 3 door elevator.  I would love to go back there again someday.

Date Posted: 1/12/2012 8:47 AM ET
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A very cool video link that YankeeChick posted in Historical Fiction forum. The Joy of Books.

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 1:25 PM ET
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One of the few used independent bookstores in SW Michigan with any selection is Kazoo Books.  They have 2 locations, sell new and used.  The owner Gloria is very active in the buy local circles.  

We have 3 local National Book Award nominees (one winner) who do book signings.  Bonnie Jo Campbell, David Small and Jaimy Gordon.  I gave signed books as Christmas gifts.  Sells many different signed books.  See web site.

She has 2 bookstore cats.  How does the pet RC work for that?  



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Sadly, I have yet to meet a bookstore cat. I need to get out more. The felines are waiting...



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Date Posted: 1/16/2012 6:58 PM ET
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I second the Vero Beach Book Center (Vero Beach, FL) - it is a true gem with a great selection and even better service.  The Children's Center is my favorite place to buy gifts for kids.   I was also a fan of Oxford Books in Atlanta. 

It's newer to the game, but Chocoholic, since you are nearby when you are in Sebastian you should check out Squidley's Used Books.   Smaller than the VBBC, but still quite good and in a beautiful location right by the water.

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 3:55 PM ET
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Books on the Ave is the one I currently frequent.  I love the prices on their science fiction.  It's still an old fashioned book store.  It deals in used books and looks, smells, and feels like an old timey bookstore.  None of this ninety days old or newer only stuff.

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 3:15 AM ET
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My number one favorite bookstore is a used bookstore called Bounty Books in Vacaville (CA). It's amazing what they have stuffed in there -- always something I must have. They have tons of paranormal, tons of cozy mysteries and many times they're the newer ones.

I too miss Cody's in Berkeley. I went there when I was a kid, a teen, as a twenty-something, etc .... Another one I used to go to all the time was San Francisco Mystery Bookstore in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco. It closed not too long ago. In there I could find many good foreign mystery writers -- it was a used bookstore so I never went away empty handed.

But I still go to City Lights on Columbus in San Francisco. That's an icon in literary circles. Their mystery section has a lot of foreign authors but as its not used, I don't buy as many! lol  

Another one I visit as often as I can is Hein & Co Bookstore in Jackson (CA). It's out of the way unless you live near it or are visiting the Gold Rush area in the Sierra Nevada foothills but it's worth the trip for anyone visiting this area. It's used and it has thousands upon thousands of books. I used to live up in that area and my ex's family are some of the original settlers in the area -- lots of history. The building it's in his historic, it's musty, dusty upstairs, has the original old wood floors and it comes complete with cats!

I have one more ... if you're ever in Victoria BC, go to Munro's! Great place!



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Date Posted: 1/21/2012 5:33 PM ET
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I don't want to go too morbid, but look at this...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7hilUyJsDyA/Ttqvin_PplI/AAAAAAAAAI8/C88DMDu3pUc/s400/4188487964_65462b44fc.jpg

I like to think of it for all those bookstores that are gone but not forgotten. Cheesy? Yes. Still sad? Yes.



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Date Posted: 1/21/2012 6:13 PM ET
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 Since you posted this link in my post on CMT about favorite stores, I am going to go ahead and move it here, as well.

We had a GPS project on Thursday in my GIS class. She gave us a set of GPS coordinates with accompanying questionnaire to fill out (to make sure we actually went to the locations), and one was to this book store.

I had heard about the Midtown Scholar, but had never made a trip there, since I had 4-5 UBS's that I already frequented. I wanted to get lost, but couldn't, because I still had other places to find, but I will definitely be back!!

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Date Posted: 1/21/2012 8:02 PM ET
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Bookstores in my area that I would recomend highly are Moe's Books on Telegraph Ave. In Berkeley and Green Apple Books in San Francisco.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:52 AM ET
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Oh, that Midtown Scholar looks like a place I would love!!!

Subject: bookstores
Date Posted: 1/22/2012 2:20 PM ET
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If you ever visit NYC see The Strand Bookstore at 12th St. and Broadway. It is advertised with 18 miles of books, 2.5 million in stock.  As yoou enter there is a counter where people bring in their books for sale and they are sorted. it is quite a scene. They also have their own website.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 6:13 PM ET
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Since I see we are not restricting our sharing of "favorite bibliophiles' 'haunts'" to the USA, I will add Yesterday's Things, my favorite Canadian used book store.  It's in Stratford, Ontario, and a visit to see those splendid productions of the works of William Shakespeare during the annual season (from May through to October, usually) in Stratford would just not be complete, for me, without at least a half-day exploring in that old house converted to a literary treasure chest.  It's organized, into different floors and different rooms and you have but to name the genre you're interested in to be guided to the place.  From there on, it's alphabetical, though you may have to use some of the stair-steps scattered around the place to reach the shelves up by the ceiling.  I've sometimes entirely skipped lunch, so as to have more time to spend there.  (Yes, there is a pretty river running through Stratford, with swans, and all, and it is of course named the Avon.)

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