BEST BOOKSTORE (USED)
Magers & Quinn
Twin Cities book lovers are blessed with an embarrassment of riches. Better still, lit junkies without, you know, actual riches have a slew of discount dealers at their disposal, so there's no need to sell plasma or skip a meal to stay flush with reading material. Among the options for bargain-minded bookworms, one stands tall above the rest: the mighty Magers & Quinn. The uptown anchor has it all: an attractive space, roomy layout, friendly staff, and convenient hours. Its stock of used books is not only massive, it's diverse and well chosen. The store does an admirable job of promoting local authors as well as hosting readings from writers on national tours. And if you just can't wait to pick up that new Malcolm Gladwell collection or David Foster Wallace's soon-to-be-released posthumous novel, Magers & Quinn will carry that, too. But of course a used bookstore is all about the thrill of the hunt and great deals; the former is inevitable, and the latter is taken to even greater extremes at the store's awesome holiday sales, when all merchandise is further discounted 10 to 20 percent.