Best of Boston

2004 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Everything from the aroma of newly bound books down to the creaky wooden floor makes Brookline Booksmith a cherished local institution. Its extensive selection ranges from bestsellers to children’s books and even greeting cards and funky gifts. It has a friendly, approachable staff and hosts great author readings in its used-book basement and across the street at Coolidge Corner Theatre. It’s a stomping ground for academics, aisle browsers, and researchers and (full—and proud—disclosure) a partner with this magazine’s book club.

279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660,