Best Independent Bookstore

Kevin Patrick's Books

Kevin Patrick calmly looks up when you walk through the door of his shop, but you might not see him for a few seconds. For a moment, you’ll likely just stand there, stunned by the sheer volume of books before you, so many you might swear the shop walls and shelves are made of books. You’ll soon hear a nonplussed, “If I can help you find anything, let me know.” And then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig in. Kevin Patrick’s Books isn’t the place to find a coffee table book that matches your decor; it’s for people who truly love reading books — of all kinds. You’ll find an illustrated Don Quixote, then stumble upon stacks of paperback sci-fi, then suddenly you’ll be paging ravenously through The History of Aviation or Miles Davis’ autobiography. Here, you’ll find the Vonnegut novel you’ve been meaning to read in great condition for half the retail price. The foot-wide aisles, the vacuum in the corner, and the resident cat, Mr. Books, create a cozy atmosphere that will only reluctantly release you hours after you arrive. And when you do leave, you’ll have at least one book in your stack that you’d never heard of but can’t wait to read.

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