Best Second-hand Bookstore

John W. Doull Bookseller

There is a story, probably apocryphal, of a man who went looking for an obscure historical text deep in the stacks at JW Doull, the legendary downtown used bookstore, and he was never heard from again. Maybe he was simply swallowed up by the books, like a character in a Neil Gaiman or Clive Barker novel. At night, they say you can see his shadow pass the darkened windows of the store, that historical text clutched in his hands.

Coast readers disappear into JW Doull, and love it.
“Freaking love this store. I can get lost for hours.”
“If they don't have it, it doesn't exist.”

First Runner-up: Back Pages
Second Runner-up: Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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