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8 bookstores for genre-loving readers

By: Starre Vartan on Aug. 18, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Peter Miller books

Photo: Lloyd Alter

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Something for (almost) everyone

For a while there, bookshops were declining at a disturbing rate, but that trend has finally stopped and, in some places has reversed itself. One of the reasons bookstores have succeeded even as the era of ebooks and next-day book delivery have become the norm is because nothing can replace the fun of wandering among stacks of novels, nonfiction and memoir. And no algorithm can replace a knowledgable bookstore clerk or a reader who's passionate about a subject or genre. Nowhere is that expertise and love more likely to be found than in a topic-specific bookstore — from geography to romance, food, mysteries or the deep sea. (And if you're a fan of architectural books, you might recognize Peter Miller Books at left, an architectural bookstore in Seattle.) Read on to discover the many niche topics that have stores dedicated to their pursuit.