Editors' Choice

The Bookstore of Gloucester

This downtown gem celebrates the expansive literary scene and history of Fish Town with large sections of maritime literature, poetry, fiction, memoirs, and contemporary politics, in addition to a good array of children’s books. The staff is passionate about books and about Gloucester. They’ll also order anything not in stock. Author readings include local faves like Sebastian Junger and Anita Diamant.

61 Main St., Gloucester, 978-281-1548


Readers' Choice

Wicked Good Books

Photograph by Elise Sinagra

When the iconic Derby Square Bookstore—with its towering stacks of books—closed its doors, Wicked Good Books saved the day to keep an independent bookstore in downtown Salem. And then they did one better by using their charm and wit to play a vital role in the community. Where better to purchase a book on local history, that copy of The Scarlet Letter or an unexpected treasure that can only come from browsing? With an eclectic mix of new and used titles that appeal to locals and tourists alike and a funky vibe with big vintage shop windows and exposed brick, the store fills a niche with style.

215 Essex St., Salem, 978-594-1938, 


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