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PSA: Books Are Magic

Sometimes I think there’s a place you’ve just got to know about and my Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will give you the full skinny.


As a fan of Emma Straub’s novels (see here and here for reviews), I’ve wanted to check out Books Are Magic, the bookstore she opened this year in her Brooklyn neighborhood.  Straub understands how important it is to have a local bookshop.  She wanted a place where her kids could get lost discovering the magic of books and when her neighborhood spot closed, she decided to fill the void.

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I didn’t realize how close we would be so when I spotted it while walking to the next stop on Gaines’ Brooklyn Bar Crawl, I veered away from the group to spend some time flipping some pages.

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If I lived in this neighborhood, I would probably be here all the time.  They have such a great lineup of events that I would just want to hang there and listen to people speak.  The space itself is also nice and while it feels slightly sparse and industrial, the curated selection magically had every item I was looking for.  The kids section was also great with a ton of books I don’t normally come across so I made sure to pick up a few for my nephews.

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The only downside is that it seemed a bit pricey.  Yes, best sellers are 10% off, but I was hit with a bit of sticker shock when my total came to $66 and I had only gotten three books, two of which were children’s books.  Oh well.  Worth it.

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If you live in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill/Carroll Hill/Boerum Hill area, please check this place out.  Long live independent bookstores!

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