There’s something about a hefty stack of new-to-you books; something so beautiful that it’s almost terrifying. The pages promise the unknown, the ability to change your life forever. And if you set one down too soon, it haunts you as relentlessly as a ghost to its mansion. If we sound a bit too wistful, it’s because WE NEED BOOKSTORES BACK NOW. We miss wandering the aisles so much that we’ve resorted to fixating on stories that take us there.
Here are a few thrilling books set in bookstores that perfectly capture all the mystery and awe of meandering from shelf to shelf.