Negative Space: bookstores
- Bay Leaf Books in Newaygo is closing
Due to health issues, Bay Leaf Books in Newaygo will close in early 2017.
- Benson, Arizona: Mary Ann’s Mostly Books
Set up in an old storefront, the place is very disorganized but worth browsing through—especially if you need a break from driving I-10.
- 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.
- Champaign, Illinois: Orphans Treasure Box
In what looks like a warehouse district in Champaign, Orphans Treasure Box sells inexpensive used books “to support orphans, foster children, and families”.
- Chatham, New York: Librarium
In East Chatham, there is a back road that turns right to connect you to a small highway. Next to that road is a sign advertising a bookstore. You should visit that bookstore.
- Chicago: Bookman’s Corner
You should probably wear a hard hat in this store. It is filled with towering piles of books.
- Denver: Capitol Hill Books and Kilgore Books
Among bibliophiles, Denver is known for Tattered Cover. But that’s not the only, nor necessarily even the best, place to go for books. I’ve purchased far more, and far more interesting, books at some of the smaller bookstores in the area.
- Fifth Avenue Books closing
It looks like Fifth Avenue Books in San Diego is about to close for good.
- Georgetown, Texas: Second-Hand Prose
The Georgetown public library book nook is possibly the best library bookstore I’ve been to.
- An I-35 book drive
If you’re looking for a day trip to get you out of the house now that spring is here, why not drive up (or down) I-35 and visit some small bookstores between Round Rock and Waco?
- Newaygo, Michigan: Bay Leaf Books
If you’re passing near Newaygo Michigan, don’t miss this bookstore hidden among the antique stores and art stores of little Newaygo.
- Pryor Oklahoma: The Book Exchange on Highway 69
Hidden just one block off of Highway 69 in Pryor, Oklahoma, you really have no reason to skip a visit to this small but packed bookstore.
- Round Rock, Texas: The Round Rock Public Library
The Round Rock Public Library’s Book Nook doesn’t have many books, but what it has is quality.
- San Diego, California: Footnote Books
A crowded, tiny bookstore off the edge of Hillcrest in San Diego, this is a very good bookstore with very little space.
- San Diego: 5th Avenue Books and Bluestocking Books
Facing each other across Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest, these two great bookstores complement each other well.
- Seattle, Washington: Ophelia’s Books
Right next to the Fremont Avenue bridge, this very cramped bookstore has a nice collection of used and children’s books.
- Seattle, Washington: Twice Sold Tales
If you’re in Denver and you’re a science fiction/fantasy fan, you really owe it to yourself to stop into Twice Sold Tales.
- St. Louis: Dunaway Books
St. Louis has some great bookstores, and Dunaway Books is one of the better.
- 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.
- Tucson, Arizona: The Book Stop
If you’re driving down I-10 and feel like looking at books, you could find a worse place than The Book Stop.
- Visit Second-Hand Prose
“Volunteers work at the store from one hour after the Library opens until one hour prior to the Library closing, each day. For those two hours each day when we are not staffed, purchases may be paid for at the Reference Desk right outside the entrance to Second-Hand Prose.”