Literary Site Type: Indie Bookstore

Thank You Books

Thank You Books is a women-owned independent bookstore in Birmingham, Alabama. Their inventory includes contemporary works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as selections for young readers, and their website includes a wish list for books donated to incarcerated individuals in Alabama and Texas. The bookshop also hosts literary events, including book club meetings, author events, and poetry readings, providing a vital platform for the voices and works of the city’s literary community.

Portsmouth Book & Bar

Portsmouth Book & Bar is a full service restaurant, bar, and live entertainment venue tucked inside a bookstore in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The kitchen offers a full menu and the bar has a wide selection of signature cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, and tea. Live entertainment includes regional music acts, poetry readings, comedy, open mic nights, and a variety of community events.

Water Street Bookstore

Water Street Bookstore is the largest independent bookstore in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. Opened in 1991, the bookstore is located in the town of Exeter and carries new and used books in all genres. The shop hosts events throughout the year and has a used books consignments program, as well as a membership program that allows visitors twenty percent off select hardcover books, including all signed books, and access to their annual member sale in November.

Zenith Bookstore

Opened in 2017, Zenith Bookstore is a community bookstore in Duluth, Minnesota. The store has partnerships with schools, nonprofits, and local businesses, and offers discounts to educators, book clubs, and community partners. Author events are held in the bookstore throughout the year and new works by local authors are featured prominently. Known for a large and diverse collection of new and gently used books, the store also stocks bookish gifts—from buttons to socks and greeting cards to puzzles. 

Burnt Books

Burnt Books is a bookshop located inside a bodega called Green Discount in the neighborhood of Greenpoint in Brooklyn, New York. It specializes in second-hand sci-fi, mystery, art, design, politics, and books about New York. 

To find it, head to the address, look for the graffiti-like sign that reads “Burnt Books” on the sidewalk by the bodega’s entrance, walk to the back, and get ready to purchase some vintage paperbacks.

Troubled Sleep

Troubled Sleep, a name shared with a novel by Jean-Paul Sartre, is a new and used bookstore located in the historic district of Park Slope in Brooklyn, New York. The store carries a wide variety of quality books at low prices and specializes in literary fiction both classic and contemporary. They also carry drama, poetry, and smaller sections of New York City history, art, architecture, and kids’ books. The shop is lined with nearly floor-to-ceiling wooden bookcases and has eye-catching mosaic tiles on the floor. It is open seven days a week.

Yu and Me Books

Located in Chinatown, Manhattan, Yu and Me Books is a bookstore that showcases immigrant stories and creates a home for the community. It is the first female, Asian-American owned bookstore in New York City. The initials of the bookstore, YM, are the owner’s mother’s initials and represent the stories that have been passed down to them for generations.


leaves is an independent, second-hand bookstore. It is a community-oriented project committed to sustainability and affordability.

It carries all genres of books ranging in price from one dollar to many thousands. Their website is dedicated to rare, collectible, and out of print selections. For discount books and reading copies, visit their store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

P&T Knitwear

P&T Knitwear is a family-owned independent bookstore, podcast studio, event space, and cafe in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The name dates back to the knitwear store the founder’s grandfather Hymie Tusk and his business partner Mike Pudlo started in 1952, after surviving the Holocaust and emigrating to New York City.

Reparations Club

Reparations Club is a Black-owned, queer woman-owned concept bookshop and creative space in Los Angeles. The independent bookshop sells a variety of books and home goods, and frequently hosts events.


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