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10 of America's best bookstores

Is the brick-and-mortar bookstore dying out? Not in these pages. In 'My Bookstore,' dozens of authors celebrate their favorite brick-and-mortar booksellers, located all across America. From California to Florida, here are 10 of their picks.

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1. Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, Ky.

"A Place in Time" author Wendell Berry chose Carmichael's as his top location. "The place has the quietness, the friendliness, the smell, and the tangibility that a bookstore ought to have," he wrote. "To go there and find a book I didn't expect or didn't expect to want, to decide I want it, to buy it as a treasure to take home, to conduct the whole transaction in a passage of friendly conversation – that is in every way a pleasure."


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