First, here’s another little video from my cousin in Australia.
We had a request last night for a Book Recommendations post, so have at it.
Open Thread also, since it’s been hours.
Update: It occurs to me that it might be helpful if you include the genre of the books you are recommending in the comments.
Update #2: Suggestions brought up from the comments
On-line bookstores to support with book purchases, if you plan to be making any:
Just a reminder that Amazon has more than enough money, but the continued existence of Portland’s beloved Powell’s Books is threatened, and you can help save them by ordering through their excellent web site.
Or if you’re in the SF Bay area, you can help save Menlo Park’s superb Kepler’s Books
A reminder that Bookshop.org might be a place to spend a dollar or two.
My neighborhood Bookstore will ship books.
Added on 4/17:
Giving you three bookshops, while noting there’s lots more in greater Boston area. These are just my 3 picks.
Papercuts in JP just moved before C-19 so if you’re in the Boston area they could use the help. Their shop website is https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts
Also, Brookline Booksmith https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/ is a great independent bookstore with a great bargain section & used book basement . (They do a lot of programming, signings etc, including using the Coolidge Corner Theater across the street). FYI They’re also doing virtual events now!
Harvard Bookstore In Cambridge has a similar setup with regular events & bargains & used & they’re also doing virtual events now too http://www.harvard.com/
Please do add Mysterious Galaxy to your Indie bookstore list. They’re doing a lot of virtual events it seems too, and as with their in RL events, they feature a lot of new cool authors in both mysteries and sf/f. And yeah, of course, they’ve fairly recently moved from their longtime location.
Updated on 4/18:
Two more bookstores
Still North https://www.stillnorthbooks.com in Hanover, NH
Book Passage https://www.bookpassage.com in San Francisco
wordbookstores.com – in Jersey City (also Brooklyn)
http://www.wordsbookstore.com/ – In Maplewood
https://www.montclairbookcenter.com/ – If you miss Leary’s, and the Strand is too crowded…
Still more independent bookstore recommendations:
I see that Harvard Books in Cambridge has been mentioned. Not to be confused with the ‘official’ university bookstore, the Harvard Cooperative, now run by Barnes & Noble. A moment of silence, please, for the independent Coop (rhymes with loop) of my childhood, as well as the late and very lamented brick & mortar Schoenhof’s Foreign Books (web presence just isn’t the same…), along with the 24 hour Brattle Books, long gone except for fond memories of being judged old enough to tag along with my parents after my younger brother went to bed.
Other good options, all doing phone/mail orders as far as I know:
The Tribune, Norway, Maine
Left Bank Books, Belfast, Maine
Both of these are small town [Norway pop. 4500, Belfast 6600] book stores that ~ in addition to being great indie book shops ~ provide excellent support to the local libraries and other cultural institutions [The Tribune, for example, sells tickets for local theater companies and events at the historical society with no service fee].
Longfellow Books, Portland ME
Talking Leaves, Buffalo NY
And, finally (yeah, librarian me has opinions on good bookstores…. ), in Chicago, 57th Street Books/Seminary Co-op Bookstore.