There is an open secret in the book world: Booksellers give the best book recommendations. 

I can trace my favorite New York City bookstores by the book recommendations I’ve been given at various bookstores—Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff (one of my favorites that I read in 2016), recommended at Three Lives and Company; Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, recommended at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn; rediscovering Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings at Books of Wonder.

“[Bookstores] provide a sense of community for those who love reading, discussing, and sharing thoughts, experiences, and ideas – both their own and those they’ve read about,” says Peter Glassman, owner of Books of Wonder, an independent bookstore in New York City (that also served as the inspiration for You’ve Got Mail). “They provide a refuge – a place to escape from the unrelenting pace of the world around us and allows a person to pause, reflect, examine, and even just read.” Read more…

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