Best of Boston

BEST Bookstore

1998 BEST Bookstore, General, Urban

WordsWorth Books

Cambridge

Much more than best-sellers and self-help, this complex two-store shrine to the written word stocks and discounts almost everything from Aristotle to Zagat’s. Books are displayed in a way that makes bibliophiles quiver— it’s kind of a cocktail party for… read more »

1998 BEST Bookstore, General, Suburban

Borders

As much as we hate to say it, Borders is elevating the culture quotient in the suburbs. If only it weren’t a chain. Live jazz and book signings, readings by local authors, and generally knowledgeable sales help. The stores are… read more »

1997 BEST Bookstore, Poetry

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Cambridge

Founded in 1927, the Grolier is the only establishment of its kind in the nation—and probably the world: a bookstore devoted to poetry, and nothing but poetry. Its cramped interior is stacked floor to ceiling with dusty tomes by English… read more »

1997 BEST Bookstore, Travel

The Globe Corner Bookstore

Cambridge

Although the Globe Corner Bookstore no longer shares space with the home of Anne Hutchinson at Downtown Crossing, the remaining Cambridge and Boston stores will ably meet your escapist needs. Their comprehensive selection of travel books and mas can aid… read more »

1996 BEST Bookstore, Art

Borders Books and Music

Boston

A combination bookstore, music store, and cafe, Borders Books and Music has a huge selection of art books, ranging from classics like Picasso, Homer and O’Keeffe to Pop Art and Andy Warhol. Borders also offers sketchbooks, how-to books on drawing,… read more »

1996 BEST Bookstore, Cook Books

Boston Cooks

Boston

There are more than 1,000 titles in this small, packed store, and what you don’t see they can always get. The emphasis is on New England books and authors. read more »

1996 BEST Bookstore, African American

A Nubian Notion

Roxbury

A great selection of books, including ones you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. read more »

1995 BEST Bookstore, Cookbook Selection

New England Mobile Book Fair

Newton Highlands

It’s hard to avoid temptation in this bibliophile’s paradise—especially if you love cookbooks. All the latest books are sold at a 20 percent discount, and a separate room is devoted to publishers-overstock cookbooks at half price or less. read more »

1995 BEST Bookstore, Esoteric

Seven Stars

Cambridge

If you want to read up on holistic health or simply expand the horizons of your mind, Seven Stars, in Harvard Square, offers the greatest collection of esoteric books in the area. Subjects include tarot, metaphysics, old wisdom, astrology, meditation,… read more »

1994 BEST Bookstore, Cookbook Selection

The Kitchen Shelf

Brookline

The Kitchen Shelf sells coobooks—and only cookbooks. It features a world-class selection of regional cookbooks, as well as a tasty vegetarian and healthful-cooking section, all sure to please professionals and home cooks alike. read more »