St. Louis: Patten Books
Patten Books is an unassuming storefront on Manchester; you might pass it while going to the mall or heading home from the office. Don’t.
The first time I went here, I walked out with a huge stack of old-school books from my rambling want-list. The second time I went here, I was on the way back from the Greater St. Louis Book Fair. The fair was pretty cool, but I had not found anything on my list. Feeling guilty adding so many books to my shelf without being able to check anything off, I stopped by Patten’s afterward and picked up Jack Vance’s The Eyes of the Overworld.
I knew I could count on them to have something on my list.
Looking at the list of books I’ve purchased here, they are all fantasy and science fiction, and Patten does have a great selection of SF&F. But they aren’t lacking in general fiction either, nor in non-fiction. If you only go to one bookstore in St. Louis, I’d have to recommend Patten Books. They have a great selection and great prices, and are just a nice, quiet, relaxing place to browse books.
10202 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO
Jan. 7, 2017
|Life, the Universe and Everything||Douglas Adams||$3.50||mass market paperback|
April 29, 2016
|The Eyes of the Overworld||Jack Vance||$3.50||mass market paperback|
March 24, 2015
|The Best of Fredric Brown||Fredric Brown||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|Hiero’s Journey||Sterling E. Lanier||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|The Warrior of World’s End||Lin Carter||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|The Broken Sword||Poul Anderson||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|The Shadow People||Margaret St. Clair||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|The High Crusade||Poul Anderson||$3.00||mass market paperback|
|The Blue Star||Fletcher Pratt||$3.50||mass market paperback|
|Strange Gods||Roger Elwood||$4.00||mass market paperback|
In response to The bookstores less traveled: These aren’t the bookstores people travel across the country to visit. But if you’re already traveling across the country, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit them.