Best of Boston

BEST Bookstore

1999 BEST Bookstore, Suburban

The Concord Book Shop


The historic town that produced such literary luminaries as Emerson, Alcott, and Thoreau seems destined to have the bookshop. And Concord does. Why go to a depersonalized megastore staffed by teenagers? This adorable gem, nestled in the heart of the… read more»

1998 BEST Bookstore, General, Urban

WordsWorth Books


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


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»

1998 BEST Bookstore, Specialty

Globe Corner Bookstore


This is the place to satisfy literary wanderlust, from Boston to Bangladesh to Beijing. Seating makes longer browsing more comfy. And the staff doesn’t seem to mind, even when you pull out a pad and take notes on hotel and… read more»

1998 BEST Bookstore, Cookbooks

New England Mobile Bike Fair

Newton Highlands

Nobody has a more luscious selection of cookbooks than this mammoth warehouse on the Newton/ Needham line. Your 15-year-old just became a vegan? Hosting 60 people for Indonesian rijsttaffel? Next aisle. The shelf for French cookbooks alone is 12 feet… read more»

1997 BEST Bookstore, Poetry

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop


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


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, Cook Books

Boston Cooks


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


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

1996 BEST Bookstore, Art

Borders Books and Music


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»