Brett Foster, writing in Books & Culture Online, profiles a classic bookstore: Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA.

The owners say they have the largest stock of academic books between New York and Chicago, and, having visited twice now, I see no reason to doubt this claim. Their large, well-decorated, incredibly inviting ten-thousand-square-foot space is packed with 100,000 used, out-of-print, and scholarly books, with multitudinous others available online. (In fact, I first discovered Midtown Scholar when it kept appearing as a seller of books I was searching for on the Web—no matter how obscure the title.) Despite its name, Midtown Scholar has a great selection of more general titles, and is very family- and community-friendly to boot. I feel confident in calling it one of the best independent bookstores in the country today.

You can read the whole thing here.

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2 thoughts on “One of the Best Independent Bookstores in the U.S.”

  1. Chase says:

    Hey Justin, just wanted to let you know that the Midtown Scholar is actually located in Harrisburg, PA. Great bookstore!

  2. Mark Copeland says:

    Show up Labor Day weekend and you’ll find an arts festival sprawling through Riverfront Park. One of the best weekends of the year here.

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