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Book & Bean – Bridgeport, West Virginia

Book & Bean – Bridgeport, West Virginia

Shoppers at the popular Bridgeport Farmers Market in Bridgeport, West Virginia, can stock up on books along with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and locally made crafts. The Book & Bean has become a market staple since it was added to the market five years ago, offering a small but handpicked selection of cookbooks, food-related books, West Virginia authors, and children’s titles.  “We want books that are appropriate to the audience of a farmers market,” says market founder Debbie Workman, who…

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Book Lover’s Warehouse – Johnson City, Tennessee

Book Lover’s Warehouse – Johnson City, Tennessee

Book Lover’s Warehouse in Johnson City, Tennessee, is perhaps the most appropriately named bookstore I’ve yet to find on my journey. The warehouse-sized store is large enough to be an antique mall, and in some ways perhaps it is. In addition to a wide variety of used (and some new) books of all genres and ages, the massive space is also chock full of records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, artwork, antiques, dolls, and other knickknacks.  The shop’s Facebook page refers to…

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Downtown Books & News – Asheville, North Carolina

Downtown Books & News – Asheville, North Carolina

Bookstore. Newsstand. Magazine and comic shop. Fine art gallery. Asheville, North Carolina’s Downtown Books & News covers a lot of ground – and does it quite well. Downtown Books & News was certainly one of the most interesting and diverse shops I visited on my recent Asheville bookstore crawl. The shop has a vast inventory of used and rare books covering all of the expected genres, but doesn’t stop there. The shop also carries an array of both regional and national…

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The Captain’s Bookshelf – Asheville, North Carolina

The Captain’s Bookshelf – Asheville, North Carolina

The Captain’s Bookshelf, located at the northwestern edge of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, has been buying and selling quality used books for more than 40 years. Opened in 1976 by Chandler and Miegan Gordon, the shop carries a large inventory of “good books in good condition” across a variety of genres – classics, art, history, philosophy, poetry, children’s books, and more.  When stepping inside the quaint shop – currently in its third location, where it has been for over half…

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Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe – Asheville, North Carolina

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe – Asheville, North Carolina

When I first announced a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, and put out feelers for indie bookstores, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café topped everyone’s list of must-sees. The popular shop has been serving the city’s readers since 1982, offering a carefully curated selection of new books for all ages, a variety of author events and readings, a large array of gift items, and a café that serves up locally roasted coffee and fresh baked goods.  Founded by Emoke B’Racz, the shop was established…

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Bagatelle Books – Asheville, North Carolina

Bagatelle Books – Asheville, North Carolina

The latest addition to Asheville, North Carolina’s vibrant indie bookstore scene is Bagatelle Books, specializing in expertly curated used and rare books.  The shop was opened in April by owner Patrick Kutcher, who worked in several of Asheville’s independent bookstores before opening Bagetelle, a name which refers to a short musical composition or idea. The shop is inspired by the bookstores of Argentina, to which Kutcher traveled while researching and developing his vision for Bagatelle. After nearly 13 years of…

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Battery Park Book Exchange – Asheville, North Carolina

Battery Park Book Exchange – Asheville, North Carolina

Interested in enjoying a glass of wine with your books? Battery Park Book Exchange is a used bookstore and champagne bar located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina, that provides “the marriage of two of earth’s finest pleasures, books and wine, side by side.”  The gorgeous, labyrinthine two-level shop is lined with curated books in all the expected genres, with impressive sections devoted to North Carolina, American, Civil War, and the American South history. The shop maintains an impressive,…

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Dave’s Olde Book Shop – Redondo Beach, California

Dave’s Olde Book Shop – Redondo Beach, California

The independent bookstore industry in and around the Los Angeles area is a healthy, vibrant collection of shops of all types and sizes, led perhaps (at least according to some) by popular spots like The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles and Book Soup in West Hollywood. But if a more intimate shopping experience is your cup of tea, seek out Dave’s Olde Book Shop in Redondo Beach, which carries an impressive collection of – as the awning of the…

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The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, California

If downtown Los Angeles’s Last Bookstore really lived up to its name, we could do a lot worse. It’s been called a bookstore built for Instagram, and it’s easy to see why. Elements like the “book loop” and book tunnel, not to mention the uniquely shaped shelves, displays, artwork, and beautiful mezzanine views, are made for social media.  And the clientele supports that notion. You’re liable to see as many or more tourists as you are locals browsing the shelves….

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{pages} – Manhattan Beach, California

{pages} – Manhattan Beach, California

Located in beautiful Manhattan Beach, California, {pages} is a full-service independent bookstore carrying a thoughtfully curated collection of newly released titles. Founded in 2010, the shop is owned by four local book lovers – Patty, Margot, Linda, and Sunni – whose passion for books is obvious from the inside out.  With its prime location in bustling downtown Manhattan Beach, {pages} is surrounded by stylish boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants, where its inviting storefront fits in perfectly. When stepping inside the shop,…

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