Left Bank Books is perfect.
I am a huge fan. Some online reviews noted the books were a bit overpriced and I would agree for the most part, but some editions I found are truly priceless. I found this amazing book (priced at $85) but with my ban on buying books I couldn’t buy it:
Strand Bookstore. One word? Meh. Need some synonyms? Blarg. Eh. Underwhelming. Overrated.
It’s big. It has books. It’s a bookstore. On a scale of Barnes and Noble in Tribeca to Three Lives, I give it an independent public college book store rating. Worth noting: it’s one of the world’s largest used bookstores. Strand’s slogan is “18 Miles of Books”. One of the reasons I like Three Lives is the small but choice selection of books. Strand seems to care more about quantity than quality.
Anyways, the best thing about Strand are the reviews on Yelp. I’ll let them speak for themselves.
Give me some suggestions of other places to visit! I am using exclamation marks, don’t make me start writing in caps also!
The NYC bookstore tour continues! Today, I headed to The Mysterious Bookshop on Warren and W. Broadway in TriBeCa. Mysteries!!! I love them. Noticeably absent was MY LOVE JANET EVANOVICH but I guess they’re going for quality in there so…sad.
AnyStephaniePlumIsBetterThanAllYouDetectivesCombinedOrWorseThanThemAllAndThatIsWhySheRocksways, what could make The Mysterious Bookshop even more mysterious? The decor. It looks like the library of a wealthy criminal. And, BONUS, they have tons of signed books. I asked the cashier about all their signed copies and he told me it was because the owner is friends with many authors. Who is the owner? Otto Penzler. Therefore, lots of Elmore Leonard inscribed books, which will be my first purchase once I lift my reading ban [not buying any new books until I finish reading what I have].