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1994 BEST Bookstore, Audio

Boston Audio Books


Suburban commuters who work downtown will be thrilled to find Boston AudioBooks. This store carries a wide selection—including fiction, self-help, mystery, and science fiction—that can be bought or rented. Note: You must become a member to rent audio books—the onetime… read more»

1994 BEST Bookstore, Poetry

Grolier Poetry Book Shop


Despite its clutter, since 1927 this small hole-in-the-wall bookstore off Mass Ave in Harvard Square has been the place to buy poetry books of many countries and genres. read more»

1994 BEST Bookstore, Foreign

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books


Schoenhof’s stocks books in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and other languages, and its knowledgeable reference staff is ready and waiting in the back of the store to guide you to whatever you need. read more»

1994 BEST Bookstore, General

Waterstone’s Booksellers


We’re not saying that biggest is necessarily best, but who can beat Waterstone’s selection, browsing room, helpful staff, late hours, and discounts of 30 percent on New York Times bestsellers and 20 percent on “Waterstone’s Recommends” selections? read more»

1994 BEST Bookstore, Cafe

Trident Booksellers & Cafe


Trident houses an eclectic and interesting collection of books, as well as tarot cards, bonsai trees, and the little cafe area where you can look through magazines and have a cup of tea without being bothered. Try their vegetarian chili! read more»

1993 BEST Bookstore, Cambridge

Barillair Books


Great service, great stock, and an espresso bar/patio. What more could a bookworm snuggle into? read more»

1993 BEST Bookstore, Boston

Charlesbank Bookshops, BU Bookstore Mall


Everything from Bradshaw to Seuss. And New York Times best-sellers at 30 percent off. read more»

1993 BEST Bookstore, Myster

Kate’s Mystery Books


What a mystery fan really wants is lots of everything. Kate has it all covered, from true crime to cozy domestics. read more»

1993 BEST Bookstore, Feminist

Crones’ Harvest

Jamaica Plain

All the old standbys, plus a vibrant forum for readings of new works. read more»

1993 BEST Bookstore, Gay

Glad Day Gay Liberation Bookshop


The bulletin board out front has listings for everything from housing to theater to marches. The shop also has a great selection of cartoon books. read more»