Apr 18 2017 8:08am

What Is Your Favorite Local Bookstore?

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Last week in our Morning Coffee question about loaning out books, commenter ElizabethPoteet called out a bookstore down in Tennessee that she loved. It sparked talk of local bookstores. Do you have a beloved bookstore that you always visit? What do you love about it? What is it called? 

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Howard Brazee
1. HowardBrazee
I'm lucky, I've got The Tattered Cover as a local bookstore.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
I love exploring indie and used bookstores on vacations, like MacLeod's in Vancouver.

As a kid my only option was the Books-a-Million satellite store BookLand, but I loved it. Whenever my mom went grocery shopping, I'd talk her into letting me run next door to the bookstore and spend the whole time browing there.
3. lauralee1912
I've been a customer at a local used book store called the Book Exchange for over 20 years. When I first moved to Virginia, I visited one of their two stores and was welcomed by the staff and their store cat. As time went by, the two stores became one. When my mother was in town for a visit we had to go to the Book Exchange! She and the owner would have the greatest time chatting. The owner's daughter and I would roll our eyes. Both mothers, and the store cat, are now gone. The daughter has made some adjustments to stay in business but is doing well selling older paperbacks and children's books. The staff is always spot on with recommendations and has suggested a lot of good reading over the years.
4. Kareni
Sadly the two local used book stores that heavily featured romances have closed within the last year. Sigh.
5. keen23
Changing Hands in Tempe pr Phoenix AZ (
http://www.changinghands.com/ )

Bookmans in Mesa or Phoenix (
http://bookmans.com/ )

Both are smallish localish chains. Bookmans is strictly used books, while Changing Hands has new and used. Changing Hands is amazing at bringing authors in and having community events.
Jerrie Adkins
6. filkferengi
There's also a Bookmans in Flagstaff. Their bookstore is so large and organized, they not only have an extensive romance section, they even have sub-genres, such as paranormal and historical. There are also extensive cd and gaming sections.

I'm on paperbackswap.com . It's like pre-paid shipping, & they'll drop-ship anywhere in the US or overseas military. I've sent history books to that friend who came down with a severe case of trilogy, or helped that online pal build up the library on base. The site also facilitates members donating thousands of books to Title 1 schools around the country.
7. corxina
The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, near Los Angeles.

It's a romance only bookstore, started and run by two sisters. They have a paranormal section in the back, and a wonderful used book selection upstairs. I love stopping by just to browse.

8. SueKDitt
I am happy to say I have Main Street Books, in Historic St. Charles (MO). They don't have a huge selection but just enough of the new ones to keep me happy.
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