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Speaking Volumes – Burlington, Vermont

Speaking Volumes – Burlington, Vermont

Regular readers of Bookstore Explorer know I love a good used book shop, although when I actually began thinking about how I define “good,” I wasn’t necessarily sure. A trip to Speaking Volumes in Burlington, Vermont, however, has helped to provide some clarity. The inventory is vast and varied, covering genres across the literary spectrum. Décor is eclectic and spirited, resulting in what the shop’s website calls a “cozy living room atmosphere.” The shelves are tall and jam-packed with used…

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Beckham’s Bookshop – New Orleans, Louisiana

Beckham’s Bookshop – New Orleans, Louisiana

Among the oldest independent bookstores in New Orleans is the fantastic Beckham’s Bookshop, a secondhand store that has supplied the French Quarter with books for five decades. Originally opened in 1967, Beckham’s has been operating out of its current location since 1979 by owners Carey Beckham and Alton Cook. Inside the large space, customers will find more than 60,000 titles spanning multiple genres, spread out over two spacious floors. As its website states, almost no genre isn’t accounted for: history, music,…

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Homeward Bound Books – Charleston, West Virginia

Homeward Bound Books – Charleston, West Virginia

An intriguing take on the indie bookstore emerged in the backroom of Sullivan’s Records in Charleston, West Virginia, when, in early 2017, bibliophile Joe Solomon approached shop owner Samuel Lowe about opening a “book nook” inside the shop. It was a unique idea that has since led to as many as a dozen nooks across several counties throughout the state. Known as Homeward Bound Books, the nooks are as small as one or two shelves or, as in the Sullivan’s…

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