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Best Books--Used

Bookman's Used Books, Music and Software
1930 E. Grant Road
3733 W. Ina Road

READERS' PICK: For sheer volume, you can't beat Bookman's. It's like the morning-after version of Borders: A hip, local staff that's been around the block more than a few times; a warehouse-sized space made comfortable by row upon row of wooden bookshelves; a wide and changing selection of every genre imaginable (from cooking and children's books to classics, popular fiction and science); an extensive used-magazine rack; and even (as the name states) CDs, cassettes, vinyl, music books and computer software. If you can't find it on the shelf, fill out a card and they'll call or send you a postcard if you're coveted item appears on their trade-in counter. A great resource for bibliophiles and the recycle-minded.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Almost every passion connects with something unruly and less-than-orderly in the human heart. Bibliophilism is no exception. Enter The Book Stop Used Books, 2504 N. Campbell Ave., where you'll lose all track of time while browsing bookcases and shelves dense with such treasures as an edition of Edgar Allen Poe stories with eerie engravings by Fritz Eichenberg; or the collected novels of West Indian author Jean Rhys; or an autographed copy of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, by Australian great Thomas Keneally; or essays by naturalist and Sonora Desert lover Joseph Wood Krutch, or....

Case History

1997 Winner: Bookman's
1995 Winner: Bookman's

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