Best Used Book Store St. Louis 2005 - Patten Books
It's located in a blink-and-you-miss it spot, but Patten Books is worth the effort (and inevitable first-time drive-by) to find. The store contains a formidable selection of the expected (walls and walls of quality fiction and nonfiction, as well as truly stellar mystery and science-fiction sections) and the unexpected (trivia books and the like). For the little ones, an entire room is overflowing with children's books for all reading levels; for the romance aficionado, an entire back room is filled with bodice-rippers. The bookstore itself is quiet and cool, with seemingly endless nooks and crannies to settle into for hours on end. The staff is always willing to help you locate obscure titles, but even if you don't have a particular rarity in mind, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to while away an afternoon.