February 16, 2016

8 Magical Bookstores That Every St. Louis Book Lover Should Visit

Few things are more magical than a book -- the stories between the pages can send you on far-off adventures, teach you mind-blowing facts, give you a glimpse of the world through the eyes of another, or take you to a universe that only exists within the realms of imagination. In a world overtaken by e-readers and tablets, these local bookstores keep that old-fashioned magic alive -- and every St. Louis bibliophile must visit them. Editor's note: This slideshow has been updated since its original publication to display Afterwords Books' new address.

Few things are more magical than a book -- the stories between the pages can send you on far-off adventures, teach you mind-blowing facts, give you a glimpse of the world through the eyes of another, or take you to a universe that only exists within the realms of imagination. In a world overtaken by e-readers and tablets, these local bookstores keep that old-fashioned magic alive -- and every St. Louis bibliophile must visit them.

Editor's note: This slideshow has been updated since its original publication to display Afterwords Books' new address.

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The Book House
7352 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63143
Rows upon rows of books (more than 350,000!) decorate this downtown Maplewood storefront.
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The Book House
7352 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63143

Rows upon rows of books (more than 350,000!) decorate this downtown Maplewood storefront.
Terri Costley scans through the books at The Book House. You'll find new, used, rare and even out-of-print titles on practically any subject.
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Terri Costley scans through the books at The Book House. You'll find new, used, rare and even out-of-print titles on practically any subject.
They also offer professional appraisals, special orders and out-of-print book searches.
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They also offer professional appraisals, special orders and out-of-print book searches.
"Guru of of Bibliophages" Michelle Barron founded the store in 1986. It has been family owned and operated ever since.
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"Guru of of Bibliophages" Michelle Barron founded the store in 1986. It has been family owned and operated ever since.
Employee Mark Gould works at the desk. Both employees and regulars may remember the original location in a historic Victorian house. That location closed in 2013, and after some fundraising, the store has been in the current location ever since.
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Employee Mark Gould works at the desk. Both employees and regulars may remember the original location in a historic Victorian house. That location closed in 2013, and after some fundraising, the store has been in the current location ever since.
Chris Costley reads one of the shop's many books. Another bonus of The Book House, besides the variety? A portion of the Book House's profits benefit the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and Second Chapter Life Center for young adults with special needs.
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Chris Costley reads one of the shop's many books. Another bonus of The Book House, besides the variety? A portion of the Book House's profits benefit the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and Second Chapter Life Center for young adults with special needs.
 Dunaway Books3111 South Grand
St. Louis, Mo. 63118
From mezzanine to lower level, Dunaway Books is home to a maze of books that will satisfy any book lover.
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Dunaway Books
3111 South Grand
St. Louis, Mo. 63118

From mezzanine to lower level, Dunaway Books is home to a maze of books that will satisfy any book lover.
Both the front window and the counter areas are home to rare, antiquarian titles in addition to sets and collected works.
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Both the front window and the counter areas are home to rare, antiquarian titles in addition to sets and collected works.
You can find categories for everything from coin collecting to numismatics to Sherlockiana.
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You can find categories for everything from coin collecting to numismatics to Sherlockiana.
More than 100,000 volumes line the shelves. There's also a store map so you can navigate your way through the splendor.
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More than 100,000 volumes line the shelves. There's also a store map so you can navigate your way through the splendor.