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We all know that bookstores are an endangered species, independent bookstores more so. So when I discovered four bookstores in a single Seattle block last summer, I felt I had stumbled into a world lost in time. Yes Seattle, home of Amazon, which has been accused of putting more than a few brick-and-mortar establishments out of business, although Seattle is also home to such businesses as Elliott Bay Books (the Emerald City's version of Powell's Books). So let me tell you my story of stumbling across this lost world below the orange flourish.

Last summer the family went to Seattle to meet some friends and watch the Seattle Mariners play Cleveland. My wife grew in North Canton, Ohio, so her loyalty to Cleveland is stronger than the thousands of miles between that city and her. I hadn't been to Seattle, the other Northwest city, nor had I seen a baseball game for a few years, so I was all for the trip. Our daughter was four at the time, so she didn't have a say in the matter -- one of the few times she hasn't gotten her way.

So after a night in our downtown hotel, we walked along First Avenue South to Safeco Stadium, when I noticed a sidewalk sign for a used bookstore. Most of the storefronts in that part of Seattle are occupied with nightclubs and restaurants; a store selling something as unhip as used books stood out like a real Socialist at a CPAC conference. Because the ball game would start in less than an hour, I convinced my wife to pay the bookstore a visit after the game, despite my current library of around 1,500 books. (She's not happy about the room I've furnished to keep those books in, but that's a diary entry for another time.)

After the game was over -- Seattle led from the start, despite a surge in the later innings managed to defeat Cleveland -- we walked back along First Avenue and I stopped at Globe Books, (218 First Ave S.) The store occupied a narrow space,and had a better selection of titles. Now, I've come to find that there are two kinds of used bookstores: those where the owner sells just any book he can buy -- I remember one store that had about 20 volumes of conference proceedings of Pulp & Paper manufacturing technology from the 1940s and 1950s -- and those where the owner is choosy about the books he buys. The owner was one of the choosy ones. I overheard the owner tell another customer that he made an attempt to stock the Tintin books before the movie came out, because Tintin was his childhood hero. And I saw a catalog of the Egyptian antiquities in the metropolitan museum. I ended up buying a copy of George Marek's Beethoven: Biography of a Genius for $8.-- because anytime one visits a bookstore, one must buy something -- just to be polite.

However, moments after walking into the store I realized that this was not the bookstore whose sign I had seen while walking to the baseball game. And while perusing his books, I overheard the owner telling someone else that there were two more used bookstores, and when I paid for my copy of the Beethoven biography, I asked him about it; he directed me to two shops in the basement of the next building -- and neither of which were the one whose sign I had seen earlier.

The first I had been directed to was Newberry Books (214 1st Ave S.), which is a tiny shop located beneath the stairs into the basement. (I am not kidding: half of the store's area is under the stairs.) Another store whose owner is choosy, although I failed to find something to buy there, despite being tempted by a Library of America edition of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. While he did have a sizable selection of art books, I was surprised at a whole bookshelf full of books on the history of the Indian subcontinent.

Across the hall was Arundel Book (214 1st Ave S.) This bookstore was larger than Newberry, occupying a room about 30 x 30 feet. However it has a webpage which states that their stock consists of 100,000 books, and that they print a series of books. I wouldn't have thought all that from what I saw; maybe they keep those books out on Vashon Island where they recently opened a store. At Arundel Books I was able to be polite and I bought a paperback copy of Yasunari Kawabata's Beauty and Sadness.

Still, I hadn't found that bookstore with the sign on the sidewalk. I was intrigued: there were four bookstores this close together? I felt as if I had stumbled into one of those exotic European locales, such as the street of bars and taverns in Moenchengladbach, the kind of discovery tourists bore their friends about for the rest of their lives. The sign I had been looking for was only a few dozen feet further.

That fourth bookstore was Wesel & Lieberman (208 First Ave. South). This store was larger than the other 3 combined, and most notable for their selection of books on books: history of printing, publishing, as well as bibliography. I was surprised by having a selection of publications of the Hakluyt Society: this is a British organization which has spent over a hundred years translating and publishing the accounts or memoirs explorers which deserve to be better known. (I own several concerning Ethiopia -- none of which they had) Wesel & Lieberman also had an extensive Western Americana selection. I bought a copy of Naoyuki Ogino & Komono, A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice for $20; afterwards I found the business card of an executive for the publisher (Kodansha America) in the book, which makes me wonder about the history of this book. (Some books have an interesting story in themselves, how they travelled from the writer's pen or publisher's press to their current location.) There was also a wonderful surprise here: Wesel & Lieberman gives away bookmarks! Once upon a time, every bookstore gave these away, but it's been so long since I encountered them I can't remember the last store that had them.

Anyone else encountered a bookstore, used, new or mixed, worth reminiscing about?

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  •  I remember on of my favorite used book stores (16+ / 0-)

    It was crammed to the ceiling with books, with narrow aisles between the bookcases, and tape on the floor.   I wandered through the room, impressed by the sheer volume of books.   Then, I discovered another little nook in the back, a closet.  More books!!   And, in the back of the closet, was another room, which, I discovered, opened into another room, all crammed floor to ceiling with books.  It was like The Chronicles of Narnia, except that the wardrobe opened into magical world of dusty old books.   Every room, every twist and turn, was crammed from floor to ceiling, with books.    You could  get lost in there, and it was probably not a good experience for the claustrophobic.      

    Thus, the tape on the floor.  After wandering around in a daze of book philia, just look down at your feet and follow the yellow brick road, and it would lead you out of Oz.

    It's gone now.  But, not forgotten.

  •  Library book sales (15+ / 0-)

    RV'ing across the US and Canada, we have found library book sales to be a wonderful source of information and entertainment.  The good books get passed on to fellow RV'ers, with a few follow-up prompts to see if we can have a conversation about them.  50 cents for the paperbacks, and $1 for the hardcovers, is a bargain made even better by the long term benefits of friends made and ideas exchanged.  The bad books end up in the RV park laundromats.  

    •  My Santa Monica Public Library, twice or thrice (3+ / 0-)
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      weekly, put a few carts of books out to take for free. They're mostly books I'd never take (primary reason - no shelf space left at home), but fun to poke through, looking for that particular thrill of something free yet worth keeping.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:28:46 AM PDT

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      •  Ideas just pour out with those books (2+ / 0-)
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        Brecht, RiveroftheWest

        I focus on the non-fiction books.  Very few of those books I buy that way stay with us, and those that do get kept have to bump a few from the existing collection.  

        This winter, one of the best of those concerned the banking industry.  While it was a decade out of date and only hinted at the wretched excesses to come, it was very clear about what was going wrong and who was to blame.  I gave it to a guy leaning towards the Tea Party talking points.  I think that this is going well so far, and that we'll have some good talks around the fire.  

        I recently passed on Zinn's People's History acquired that way but bumped for a lovely book on the history of ships and shipping, for example, to a young friend who is working on her naturalization.  I am pretty sure that she will learn a side of our history that she must be careful not to use when taking the test.  We'll have some lively evenings with that one too.

        It's fun to pass them on, and then talk about what they say with their new owners.

        •  You are kind, to spread your books around so. (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, salmo

          I tend to err in the other direction, and hoard my books. That Zinn is waiting on my shelf, behind 40 other books I haven't read yet. But I'm not all greedy and selfish, I gave five bags of books to goodwill last year.

          I now have a two-tier system of books: most books I want to read, I find in a library. Santa Monica's pretty good, but I plan to enroll in the big downtown LA library too. So I'm hardly buying any books, and then only books that I expect to read a few times.

          Actually, second-hand book stores are to me like pastry stores for someone on a diet. I always find beautiful hard-backs, cheap, and then I'm sore tempted. Powell's in Portland is where I most and least want to go in the US.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:39:52 PM PDT

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  •  Actually, here in San Bernardino, we do have (11+ / 0-)

    a great used book store.

    It's Art's Books on Baseline.

    I've been going there since I was a little girl buying used copies of Nancy Drew. I have several copies of the same title printed between 1930 and 1960. It is fascinating to see the early editions talking about "friendly darkies" in the neighborhood. But the roadster is always the same. Well, it was until 1960. Does Nancy still drive a roadster?

    Hopefully ...... soon, Mom. My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:12:52 AM PDT

  •  shortfinals wrote a great diary last night (11+ / 0-)

    about a wonderful bookstore, Barter Books, in Alnwick, England.  Complete with one of his lovely photos. I love bookstores The old ones with character are much more fun than the new cookie cutter  chain stores.  

    We used to have a huge bookstore with both used and new books.  It started teetering on the edge of solvency when Books-a-Million moved in, then the coup d'état came when Barnes & Noble opened. I have nothing personal against either store. They have nice stock and friendly staff, but chain stores are deadly to small historic local bookstores.

    Shortfinals' bookstore diary is at the link.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:14:35 AM PDT

  •  Save a bookstore, buy a book (12+ / 0-)

    "anytime one visits a bookstore, one must buy something -- just to be polite."

    So true, but I've never heard anybody say it out loud.  The rudest thing one can do is walk out of a bookstore empty-handed, especially a USED bookstore.

    Elliot Bay Bookstore used to be in Pioneer square too (which is the neighborhood you were in) but they downsized considerably and moved to Capitol Hill a few years ago.  It's still a must-visit but kind of out-of-the-way for tourists. (And with all due respect to EBB, they're not Powell's.)

    If you had walked a few more blocks northward on 1st Ave you would have passed The Bookstore Bar in The Alexis Hotel where you can pluck books off the shelves if you didn't bring something of your own to read while you're enjoying a beer.

    Unfortunately, the closer you get to downtown the fewer bookstores you'll find.  There is only one remaining bookstore in the retail core of downtown Seattle, the two-story Barnes & Noble in Pacific Place.  Nearly all of the suburban malls have already done away with their bookstores.

    •  The Nortgate mall one was still there (3+ / 0-)

      When I moved away last summer. But the U Village one closed down.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:36:47 AM PDT

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    •  Shorey's Books? (4+ / 0-)

      Years back i remember visiting a bookstore in Seattle -- I think it was called Shorey's -- that was just books floor-to-ceiling. I don't know if it was really as big as I remember but it sure was crammed with treasures.

      I guess they also reprinted books that were otherwise unavailable. I bought a tiny, soft copy of a book by Ezra "Pioneer" Meeker telling about his 1916 cross-country trip to raise awareness of the need for a national highway system.

      His transportation was a covered wagon (made of actual Oregon Trail wagon remnants) built onto a 12-cylinder "Pathfinder." It looked like the wagon he'd driven across the plains back in 1852, with a motor instead of oxen.

      I guess Shorey's is long gone.

      •  Not quite sure (3+ / 0-)

        When I first started writing this article last summer (I didn't know about the Readers & Book Lovers Group, so a rough draft of this article sat in my DKos account space for a long time) I found some yelp reviews of a bookstore -- I don't remember the name -- that sounded a lot like it. The dates of the review made it seem that bookstore was still a going concern. And a search on Google turns up a Shorey on North 36th Street.

        On the other hand, I found an article dated to 2000 stating that Shorey's was going Internet-only. Link

        Another link describing Shorey in it's heyday. Sounds like a bookstore that will be missed.

    •  Sad to hear that about Elliot Bay (3+ / 0-)

      I remember visiting their old store back in the late 90s: exposed brick walls, one room for new books & one for used. Very impressive -- which is why I compared it to Powell's.

      FWIW, other bookstores I have visited I would compare to Powell's include Foyles in London & Stern-Verlag in Duesseldorf: they may not be as large as Powell's -- Stern-Verlag definitely wasn't when I went there in 1997 -- but both are large, sprawling bookstores worth checking out. Like Elliot Bay was.

      •  Foyles is easy to spend a day in, except for the (2+ / 0-)
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        llywrch, RiveroftheWest

        awareness that all of London is waiting just outside.

        It's funny how the essence of books is this string of symbols, which could be reprinted in some other container; yet the containers and the stores we find them in can grow so precious in their physical particularity. Thanks for a very enjoyable diary and subject of conversation, llywrch.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:34:58 AM PDT

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  •  Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, MS (9+ / 0-)

    This is a bookstore that is worth a side trip for a book lover who is anywhere near Jackson, the state capitol. I mentioned it in shortfinals' bookstore diary last night.

    There are a few privately owned bookstores that have not only survived, they have flourished in the face of chain store competition. The Lemuria is one such store.

    Web page for the Lemuria Bookstore.  

    I first came to know John Evans and his wife when they had a tiny walk-up store on the second floor in a small cluster of specialty boutiques. At that time, the entire bookstore was two rooms, neither of which was larger than the average living room. That was in 1975. John's philosophy was to have just one or two copies of the widest variety of good books he could find. It was not long before sales were good enough that he moved into larger and nicer quarters.   That didn't last long. The Lemuria Bookstore has continued to grow.  I love to go there.

    There are a number of best selling authors who will only do book signing and readings at the Lemuria when they come to Mississippi.  There really do need to be more independent stores like this.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:33:14 AM PDT

  •  another good city is Charlottesville (4+ / 0-)

    for example

    Heartwood Books at 5 Elliewood Ave

    Read It Again Sam  214 E Main (on Downtown Mall)

    Oakley's Gently Used Books  112 W Main Suite 9

    Splintered Light Books   128 Chancellor St

    Seanchai Books   1064 Towne Lane

    Franklin-Gilliam Rare Books  218 W. South St

    The Avocado Pit   310 E Market St

    Daedelus Book Shop 123 4th St NE

    Jone, Pete-Book Room  440 Shoppers World Court

    and I think there are a few more as well

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:19:57 AM PDT

  •  There's a rather famous Mystery Bookstore ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... by the same name that used to be just above the Pioneer Square area in Seattle.
    I'm fond of buying signed editions, and they are great about getting them.

    There are lots of readers around Puget Sound, for alotta reasons, perhaps with the weather included, and I sure enjoyed the many bookstores when I lived there. It is good to know that the residents support them.

    Elliot Bay Books on Capitol Hill? Hmmm -- there's a couple of fine colleges up there, and the rent on the old place musta been outrageous!

    Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

    by MT Spaces on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:24:15 AM PDT

  •  Ann Arbor used to be a used book haven (7+ / 0-)

    I visited Powell's once.  I thought it was amazing... but not as amazing as I might have, had I not come from Ann Arbor.

    I came of age when there was just one Border's book store, the first one, at State and Liberty.  Huge, fantastic, my first two-story bookstore.  And Ulrich's, the big textbook provider; I worked a lot in the "trade" department, and we tried to at least keep up with the big SF/Fantasy sellers of the area, the two downtown branches of Community Newscenter.  There was also Crazy Wisdom, a feminist/Wiccan shop, and Afterwords, a wonderful remainder store.  There was a decent bookstore in the Michigan Union, but it was primarily texts, and I have no idea how (or if) it is these days.  The other text outlets, first Follett's and then Michigan Book and Supply, are long gone.

    For used books, we had David's Books, Ann Arbor Book Store (with a huge historical map selection), The Wooden Spoon (crazy eclectic, run by one of the strangest men I've ever known), two locations of the Dawn Treader Book Shop, and the West Side Book Shop (conveniently located right next to Rider's Hobby, the center of all things gaming and HO-train related).  Not even mentioning The Eye of Agamotto, an excellent and very popular comic book store.

    Nowadays, we still have Ulrich's and Crazy Wisdom, West Side and one branch of Dawn Treader.  On the west side of town, there's an indy store, Nicola's Books, which is doing quite well from all I can tell; on the east, a B&N.  Afterwords closed, but the space is currently occupied by a superb comic store, the Vault of Midnight.  And a few doors down, there's another feminist shop, Falling Water.

    I love them all.  But, back in the day, man oh man did we have a lot of books.

    Tom Smith Online
    I want a leader who shoots for the moon. The last time we had one, we got to the moon.

    by filkertom on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:24:25 AM PDT

  •  In other parts of Seattle.... (6+ / 0-)

    ....(U-District and near Capitol Hill), there's Twice Sold Tales - fairly large used bookstores with friendly pooties - the pooties guide you to the books and encourage you to buy them with the big-eyed-pootie look.

    Watch out for the big orange guy in the Capitol Hill location - he's friendly, but can bite.

    9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

    by varro on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:24:58 AM PDT

  •  Cherish these (3+ / 0-)

    Chicago's Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood used to be the best block of bookstores in the city. There were four quality used/new bookstores(and Wax Trax, but that's another story).  Today? None.

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:25:50 AM PDT

  •  Ashamed to say that in my 10 years in Seattle (5+ / 0-)

    I never went to Eliot Bay Books, in its original or new location. I'm more of a library book person at this point in my life, having neither the space nor money to buy more books. But it is nice to know that there are still real, independent book stores around. I think I read somewhere that Seattle is the most bookish city in the US, with a higher percentage of people who regularly read and buy books and more books owned per person than anywhere else. Which makes sense given how educated its citizens are and that there's not much else to do 9 months of the years. Except for, well, you know.

    Eating lutefisk, of course! What did you think I meant, sicko?

    Btw, there was a retail district several blocks from where I used to live, on and near Greenwood Ave., that supposedly had Seattle's largest concentration of antique furniture stores. Also, and I'm guessing coincidentally, of Greek and middle eastern food restaurants and hair salons. And, obviously, a dozen or so coffee places. This was Seattle after all, of course.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:35:15 AM PDT

  •  my neighborhood used bookstore is, (6+ / 0-)

    "Mother Foucault's" in SE portland. It's a small room with mostly novels, it feels like a former grad student selling his book collection, at least that's how the owner comes off to me. Nice store, though.

    Too many in this country feel the Constitution should include the 2nd Amendment. And nothing else.

    by blueoregon on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:38:01 AM PDT

  •  One thing I've found really exciting (3+ / 0-)
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    about living in St. Louis is exploring the bookstores here. The first one I was introduced to was Left Bank Books in the Central West End. It's a full-service bookstore with a used section in the basement. I can always find something here! It has a crisp, neat vibe with tall ceilings, white walls and light wood shelves. Recently, we ventured to their downtown location to see and hear Lilly Ledbetter speak. The staff are really helpful and fun to talk to as well.

    The Book House is probably the second bookstore I was introduced to here. It's in a sweet little house set back a ways from a busy commercial street, like a haven for book lovers. When you go inside, the name comes to life because you feel like you're in a house made of books. Every wall is lined with shelves and the offerings even spill onto the floor. New and used books mix. Always an interesting selection. Nooks and crannies, window seats and little spots under eaves invite you to sit and take a closer look. If you're especially intrepid, you can venture down to the bargain basement. I did this once and should probably give it another chance, but it was more basement--cellar, dungeon, even--than bargain plus there's often a bargain table sitting out front and with the used selection mixed in, the basement becomes even less attractive.

    Subterranean Books is in a gorgeous little storefront in the busy Loop neighborhood. What they lack in space, they make up for in a selection of high quality reads. Last year, they were one of the pickup spots for World Book Night and when I went to get my box (Oscar Wao) they had a nice little wine and cheese mixer for us.

    Across the street and down the way from Subterranean is Star Clipper, an awesome comics shop! Their range is staggering and they include graphic novels, local zines, gaming supplies and fun toys!

    Back in the CWE, we discovered Big Sleep Books, a mystery bookstore, while out with friends, one of whom is a mystery writer so that was perfect. Another tiny shop, Big Sleep uses its space well and is staffed by folks very knowledgeable about their subject.

    I know there are many more to find, just like we stumbled across Big Sleep. There are some that I've spotted but need to find time to make a stop. It's nice to have these options!

    Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

    by Debby on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:20:14 AM PDT

  •  There's a small used bookstore (4+ / 0-)

    in Crofton, MD, called ReReads.  The selection is excellent, so even though there's not much space, I always have the feeling that whatever I'm looking for just might be in there.  That's the definition of a good bookstore to me.

  •  Good news, Bad news (1+ / 0-)
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    I live north of Seattle, finding a Half Price Books isn't too hard.  And each one has a different personality.  Severall other smaller shops that I haven't visited lately.  You were just a few miles away from Seattle Mystery Bookshop over by Pioneer Square.  New and used mysteries.  Tend to get lots of small name writers thru from time to time.

    I'm on TDY near Portland, and Powell's has dried up the local used book market.  Unless I want to schlep downtown ~20 miles away, my only local source is Goodwill.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 12:07:41 PM PDT

  •  LOL Glad I was compelled to read! (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, llywrch

    I saw this earlier and kind of skipped over it because it was getting late and I'd been effing around on the comp long enough.

    But as I started effing around with other things, it kept nagging me... why would Seattle, of ALL places, block used bookstores?

    Don't fret. It's not you, it's me.

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 12:10:37 PM PDT

  •  Really enjoyed this diary, llywrch! (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, llywrch, Brecht

    Every time I go into a bookstore I enter the Twilight Zone--I see books, only books, and I want to own them all.  I could spend days in one without food.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 04:45:08 PM PDT

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