America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores

Using data and reviews from Yelp (plus a little trickery) the website Hoodline has created a list of what they purport to be “America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores”. As you might expect, the the findings include some perennial top picks for bookshops, such as Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Strand in New York City, Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, and Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. I was, however, happily surprised to see some of my personal go-to bookshops make the list as well. Great choices such as Malaprop’s Bookstore and Battery Park Book Exchange in Asheville, Housing Works Bookstore and MacNally Jackson in NYC, and City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

Here’s the entire list of 50 favorites and a link to the website for the full story:

  1. Powell’s City of Books (Portland, Oregon)
  2. Wild Rumpus (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  3. Strand Bookstore (New York City, New York)
  4. Book Loft of German Village (Columbus, Ohio)
  5. Indy Reads Bookstore (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  6. Falling Rock Cafe and Book Store (Munising, Michigan)
  7. Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, Vermont)
  8. Taylor Books (Charleston, West Virginia)
  9. Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado)
  10. Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar (Asheville, North Carolina)
  11. Kinokuniya (New York City, New York)
  12. Church Street Coffee and Books (Birmingham, Alabama)
  13. Half Price Books (Dallas, Texas)
  14. Housing Works Bookstore Café (New York City, New York)
  15. The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California)
  16. Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, Massachusetts)
  17. John K. King Books (Detroit, Michigan)
  18. Prairie Lights Books (Iowa City, Iowa)
  19. Green Apple Books (San Francisco, California)
  20. The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, Washington)
  21. Magers & Quinn Booksellers (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  22. McNally Jackson (New York City, New York)
  23. Loganberry Books (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
  24. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe (Asheville, North Carolina)
  25. Issues (Oakland, California)
  26. Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  27. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  28. Left Bank Books (Saint Louis, Missouri)
  29. Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Kentucky)
  30. Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  31. Full Circle Bookstore (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  32. Trident Booksellers & Café (Boston, Massachusetts)
  33. Square Books (Oxford, Mississippi)
  34. Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado)
  35. Borderlands Books (San Francisco, California)
  36. Dickson Street Bookshop (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
  37. Downtown Books Bought & Sold (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  38. Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
  39. Night Heron Books & Coffee Shop (Laramie, Wyoming)
  40. Thunderbolt Spiritual Books (Santa Monica, California)
  41. Roebling Point Books and Coffee (Covington, Kentucky)
  42. Books and Brews (Hurricane, West Virginia)
  43. City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco, California)
  44. Birchbark Books & Native Arts (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  45. Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, Arizona)
  46. Unabridged Books (Chicago, Illinois)
  47. Quimby’s Bookstore (Chicago, Illinois)
  48. Lorelei Books (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
  49. Blue Manatee (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  50. Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, California)

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