According to the American Booksellers Association, the number of independent bookstores in the United States has risen steadily since the financial crisis of 2009, up 27 percent by 2015.
There are plenty of incredible independent bookstores to choose from all over the country. In the interest of highlighting the underdogs, we’re intentionally skipping a few of the greats. Massive independent shops like The Strand in New York City, or Powell’s—the largest independent bookstore in the world—in Portland, are undoubtedly at the top of the heap. And those indie darlings like Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, or author Ann Patchett’s Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, are must-stops for any booklovers in the area.
But chances are, if you're a bookworm, you’ve heard of these standouts before.
The 13 bookstores presented here are perhaps lesser known, but no less energizing to the bona fide booklover.