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17 extraordinary bookstores

Oct. 7, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
Interior view of the Tattered Cover

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Tattered Cover

Tattered Cover was established in Denver's Cherry Creek district in 1971 and now spans three locations. Customers can find both new and used books or just snuggle up in a corner with something new to read. Though it's a self-proclaimed "indie bookstore," Tattered Cover is kind of a big deal. The store's website describes Tattered Cover as "a Denver institution, a literary landmark, a community gathering place, and an experience you can't download." Notable visitors include J.K. Rowling, Hunter S. Thompson, Julia Child and no fewer than three U.S. presidents.