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The Associated Press: When is a bookstore worth a tourist’s time? When it’s more than just a place to buy books.
A destination bookstore can make you feel like you’re part of the community, whether you’re grooving on the laid-back vibe at Powell’s in Portland, or tuning into the Beltway buzz at Washington’s Politics and Prose. Some bookstores offer literary touchstones, like the wooden chairs signed by writers who’ve visited That Bookstore in Blytheville, an Arkansas institution frequented by native son John Grisham. City Lights in San Francisco, once a hangout for Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, draws tourists from around the world.
Any list of destination bookstores is bound to leave off some favorites. But here are nine noteworthy bookstores around the country that are definitely worth a visit.