Best of Boston

2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers. Get lost in a labyrinthine maze of maps, glasses, cheeky tote bags, even midcentury-modern mugs for the requisite bookish spot of tea. Downstairs, there’s a tidy used-book area and gift-wrapping station. Regular author readings, a monthly book club, and a well-stocked kids’ section with pint-size chairs are nice community touches at this Coolidge Corner favorite.

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