Pages with Patel: bookbook

By Nishtha Patel

via bookbook

bookbook (Bleecker and Morton Street) is a small, cozy bookstore located in the West Village. It lures passersby in with the table outside displaying many bargain books. You can find anything from “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri to children’s books, such as “Curious George.” It’s hard to tear yourself away — but once you step inside, there is so much more to discover.

Wall-to-wall wooden shelves have anything from art books, acting technique, literature, and books about New York. Upon entering, the first thing one sees is the bargain bestseller’s shelf where you can find popular books anywhere from $6 to $8. The new release table is in front of it; behind that, there is a huge shelf of nonfiction and fiction bargain books. New and bargain priced books…what more could you ask for?

There is plenty more to see in the back. An entire wall of children’s books is displayed next to the literature. And then an entire back area is dedicated to fantasy and mystery. Along the way, there is a stand selling 20% off Moleskine notebooks, as well as artsy composition notebooks, sketchbooks, and journals. There are New York postcards and cute cards for any occasion. They even sell literary t-shirts, baby clothes, and tote bags. In the back, there is a small shelf in the back carrying used books. With such a vast collection, it is difficult not to get lost in the store.

This bookstore seems to have everything from fresh new hardcovers (20% off original price) to bargain books, used books, and literary merchandise. It is truly a book lover’s paradise as apparent from the impressive, eclectic selection. What may have started out as a quick trip to the bookstore might result in hours lost in the wonder of bookbook.

Nishtha Patel is a contributing writer. Email her at books@nyunews.com.

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