9 Fantastic Bookstores Dedicated to a Single Genre
Explore your favorite genre--or discover a new one--at one of these specialized bookstores.
Are you a reader who knows exactly what you’re looking for in a book? Maybe you’re always on the lookout for your next whirlwind romance, twisty mystery, or mouthwatering recipe. Luckily, there are specialty bookshops ready to cater to your very specific literary whims.
The Ripped Bodice
WHERE: Culver City, California
Even if you don’t believe in love at first sight, you might change your mind after a glimpse at the always eye-catchingly decorated storefront of The Ripped Bodice . This bookstore, owned by sisters Bea and Leah Koch, specializes in selling a diverse array of romance fiction. In addition to providing a remarkably well-curated collection of romance novels, The Ripped Bodice also takes on additional projects, such as the annual State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report .
WHERE: New York City
Everyone from experienced chefs to novice cooks will enjoy indulging (like really indulging) their love of food and cooking at this combination bookstore and café. Located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, Archestratus (named for a Sicilian poet who is said to have authored one of the first cookbooks) is dedicated to cookbooks as well as other books that heavily feature food and cooking. And while the books provide inspiration, Archestratus’ offerings of groceries and prepared foods allow visitors to put that inspiration into delicious action.
La Libreria del Mare
WHERE: Milan, Italy
The sea and seafaring have inspired some of the world’s most enduring works of literature as far back as The Odyssey . So it stands to reason that there should be at least one bookstore specializing in all things aquatic. Milan’s La Libreria del Mare (which translates to “The Library of the Sea”) does exactly that. The Italian store is outfitted with everything from graphic novels to nautical charts.
The Second Shelf
While not specializing in a single genre, The Second Shelf is singular in its dedication to curating a collection made up of rare and antiquarian books by women. What started as a presence at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair has become a sunny, London-based brick-and-mortar outfit. In addition to their collection of rare books, The Second Shelf also sells new books representing a range of genres and forms, including fiction, non-fiction, chapbooks, zines, and more.
Sarah K Marr