Independent bookstores have something special to offer readers, particularly in this age of information overload, and many of us have a favorite neighborhood store where we like to relax and browse. Over at Maud Newton Joel Turnipseed has a great piece on Micawber's Books in St. Paul. It's a celebration of what sets this small, exceptional bookstore apart. John Freeman at Critical Mass talks about how a good bookstore can get even a cynical reviewer crushed under a mountain of free galleys to plunk down a few dollars for a good read. And Books & Books in Miami is getting ready to celebrate twenty-five years—mazel tov!
How about you? Do you have a favorite neighborhood bookstore you'd like to plug? Use the comments and sound off!