"Bookworms, assemble! We're taking a look at some of the most fabulous independent bookstores in the United States," the Manual reported. "Though they run the gamut from cozy and cluttered to spacious and bright, they do happen to have one very important thing in common: They're all well worth a visit."
Among the bookshops highlighted were Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn ("a gem of a shop with big street-facing windows and a wide selection of new and old reads"), Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago ("acting both as a time capsule and a lighthouse for generations of readers), Taylor Books in Charleston, W.Va. ("a rustic haven for bibliophiles"), Left Bank Books in St. Louis ("puts a focus on amplifying diverse voices, which is a big plus in our opinion"), Dickson Street Books in Fayetteville, Ark. ("delivers good reads with a hefty dose of southern charm") and the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles ("think Bohemian meets Victorian parlor meets bookstore of your dreams").