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Here is a list of the Top 19 independent bookstores in the US:

Barbara's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
Black Oak Books, Berkeley, CA
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco, CA
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Haslam's Book Store, St. Petersburg, FL
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Page One Bookstore, Albuquerque, NM
Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
Powell's City of Books, Portland, OR
Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Harry W Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI
Square Books, Oxford, MS
The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
Vroman's, Pasadena, CA

The list with addresses and more info can be found here:

Powell's is the most amazing bookstore I've ever been to. We usually go there several times whenever we are in Portland. It is a city block, and requires a map to get around. They sell used and new books.

The Tattered Cover in Denver is a very nice bookstore in Denver (the Historic LoDo store is quite nice). Vroman's in Pasadena is also a great store.

Have you been to any of these bookstores? What is your favorite bookstore?
Glad to see our lovely "Books and Books" is there. A very active bookstore always promoting new books with the authors. They are just two blocks from a Barnes and Noble, and have survived. They have opened two new branches in Miami beach and ...wait for Georgetown, Cayman Islands. Now that's what I call gumption.
Yes, while I enjoy Barnes and Borders, I am always glad to see independents surviving and sometimes surpassing.
How about some in Canada?

I like Mother Tongue Books and Collected Works in Ottawa
Yeah, I have no problem talking about bookstores around the world. (I guess maybe this thread should be moved then?)

Here is a website showing some rather impressive LOOKING bookstores:

I remember going to a really pretty bookstore in NYC many years ago; it was in a very old building with a tin ceiling and it was gorgeous.

The Abbey in Paris, owned by Canadians, is a great little bookstore with English language books that is CRAMMED with books. Obviously there are NO safety regulations in France, lol.
Yeah I read that in your blog, actually, about the Canadians.

Yeah, I'd be in heaven in that bookstore!
Did you notice in the bottom right hand corner "With the kind support of the Canadian Ambassy"

How about "Shakespeare & Company" also in Paris.

OMG that's hilarious Mr. Martin. "Ambassy"...on a book store's website...
Yeah, I've wanted to go to "Shakespeare & Co" but haven't made it yet. Have you been to it Martin?
To be honest, I've walked past it and looked into the doorway, but we were on our way to somewhere else, and I swore I would come back and visit, which regrettably I never did. I did see the film "Before Sunset" that was filmed there. If you haven't seen it yet, get it from the video store. Better still, get "Before Sunrise" first, as "Before Sunset" is the sequel. If you can get them both at once, it would be perfect. It's just hours of conversation between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Vienna and Paris. You will either love them or hate them. I'd be interested in your opinion.

By the way, I'm reading your blog little by little. I love it. It's down to earth, amusing and! You even make buying toilet paper fun!
Cool, I'll have to see about getting those movies at the library maybe...

Oh, and thanks about the blog, lol! blush.gif
QUOTE(mmbcross @ Sep 12 2008, 05:33 PM) *

You even make buying toilet paper fun!

Haaaahahaha, so funny. So true.
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