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Bookman’s Alley, alas, is closing its doors but as a landmark institution for thirty-three years, it deserves mention. Bookman’s reflected the congenial personality of owner Roger Carlson and seemed to sum up all a used bookstore should be: down home and welcoming. Books were treated with respect here, but you didn’t just go to Bookman’s to find something interesting to buy among the more than 50,000 titles, you went to absorb the atmosphere, to take in the eclectic collection of paraphernalia displayed throughout the warren of nooks and crannies and maybe to sit down in a comfortable corner and read a bit in a place visited by many literary greats, including David Mamet, P.D. James and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Image Credits: Photos by Books in Brief

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