Your National Independent Bookstore Guide for Small Business Saturday

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Do you love shopping for books, but want to help ensure the survival of independent bookstores? Then take this Small Business Saturday as an opportunity to shop locally for all of your book-related holiday gift needs. We’ve worked with many fantastic independent booksellers this year to put together our #FridayReads recommendations, so we wanted to give them shout-outs while helping shoppers looking for old fashioned customer service and topnotch gift ideas. Stop by one of these bookstores if you’re in their neck of the woods!


Strand Bookstore

NEW YORK - JUNE 02: The front of Strand Books during Publisher Weekly's celebration party for Strand Bookstore's 80 years in business at Strand Bookstore on June 02, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

“18 Miles of Books”

828 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

(212) 473-2591

Recommendations: New contemporary classics

New England

Brookline Booksmith

brookline-booksmith279 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 566-6660

Recommendations: Historical fiction



R.J. Julia Booksellers

rj-julia-books“A Great Place to Meet Books”

786 Boston Post Road

Madison, CT 06443

(203) 245-3859

Recommendations: YA favorites, scary stories

Written Words Bookstore

written-words-bookstore415 Howe Avenue, Suite 888

Shelton, CT 06484

(203) 944-0400

Recommendations: American history, Chinese New Year, off-beat thrillers




Politics and Prose, Bookstore & Coffeehouse

politics-and-prose-bookstore5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

(202) 362-2408

Recommendations: Undaunted women




Square Books

160 Courthouse Square

Oxford, MS 38655

(622) 236-2262

Recommendations: Stories of the South, Books to Keep You Up Past Bedtime





Parnassus Books

parnassus-books“An Independent Bookstore for Independent People”

3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14

Nashville, TN 37215

(615) 953-2243

Recommendations: More than they seem


Full Circle Books

full-circle-books50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway

Oklahoma City, OK 73118

(405) 842-2900

Recommendation: Going home


Book People

book-people-store“A Community Bound by Books”

603 N. Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78703

(512) 472-5050

Recommendation: Tough tearjerkers



Prairie Lights

prairielights_bookstore315 S. Dubuque St.

Iowa City, IA 52240

(319) 337-2681

Recommendations: International intrigue



McLean & Eakin Booksellers

mclean-eakin-booksellers307 E Lake St

Petoskey, MI 49770

(231) 347-1180

Recommendations: Apocalyptic fiction, summer lovin’



Saturn Booksellers

133 W. Main St.

Gaylord, MI 49735

(989) 732-8899

Recommendations: Families in crisis





City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

City-Lights-Bookstore261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway

San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 362-8193

Recommendation: Fresh prose styles



The Booksmith

booksmith1644 Haight St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 863-8688

Recommendations: Inner exploration




The Last Bookstore

last-bookstore“What Are You Waiting For? We Won’t Be Here Forever.”

453 South Spring St. – Ground Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 488-0599

Recommendations: YA about mighty girls


Skylight Books

skylight bookstore“What a Neighborhood Bookstore Should Be”

1818 N. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 660-1175

Recommendations: Coming-of-age


Mysterious Galaxy

5943 Balboa Ave. #100

San Diego, CA 92111

(858) 268-4747

Recommendations: Sci-fi/fantasy



Pacific Northwest

The Elliott Bay Book Company

Elliott-Bay-Books-pano1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 624-6600

Recommendations: Race in America


Village Books

village-books-bellingham“…and Paper Dreams”

1200 11th St.

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 671-2626

Recommendations: Everyday heroes

Katie Hires is a book lover, pop culture nerd, and graphic designer. When she's not researching Game of Thrones fan theories, she's either reading or at home making pasta.

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