Best of Boston

2011 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

As it marks its 50th year, this place is still free of the “ism”s (elitism, hipsterism) that characterize too many independent booksellers. Instead, it continues to keep the focus on books and the people who love them with its balanced mix of bestsellers, staff picks, and bargain tomes—plus a star-studded author series.

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