A friend recently suggested,
“You should have a section about bookstores [in the blog]…
independents, ones you’ve visited and loved, etc.”
Genius. Pure genius!
Then I started the section of links in the right-hand column and realized I couldn’t remember the names of most of the bookstores I’ve been to!
The stores in the list at the moment are the only ones my limited memory could handle today, but I thought I would open this question up to you, cool reader of the blog.
What are some of your favorite bookstores? And why? Tell me about them, share your secret places. I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours.
My favorite bookstore at the moment (besides the one I work in, of course) is The Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA. A former mill situated on the banks of the Sawmill River, this used bookstore is in a positively idyllic location. Part of a small complex of stores, the Bookmill compound is also home to Turn It Up! (a music store), an antique shop, an art studio, the Night Kitchen (a restaurant), and, my personal favorite, the Lady Killigrew Cafe which is connected to the Bookmill itself.
Seriously, I have dreams about the warm brown rice salad, the summer sausage sandwich with cheese and grainy beer mustard (sandwich #3, I think, on their menu), and a rich, chocolate cupcake with white mint frosting for dessert. They also serve beer and wine (other drinks, too), and though the Bookmill itself closes at 6 every day, the Lady Killigrew is open much, much later. Perfect for the overworked grad student, hence my current obsession.
What are some of your favorites?