BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Minneapolis 2004 - Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
4432 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Let's just say you know someone who's laboring under the impression that feminists are cold and humorless, and let's further say that you'd like to do something to change that person's mind. First, you might gently suggest to your pal that he or she is a brainwashed schmuck. Next, you could send him or her to the worker-owned Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, whose staff is quite probably the friendliest and most knowledgeable in town. This 34-year-old shop, the oldest independent feminist bookstore in the country, is unmatched when it comes to feminist theory, lesbian lit, and ecofeminism, but their inventory goes way beyond that. You can also find business and finance books, cookbooks, poetry, underground and mainstream fiction, a good used section, CDs ranging from folk singer Ann Reed to R&B experimentalist Erykah Badu, DVDs, and lots more. And if you need a copy of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code or Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, you don't have to turn to that other Amazon--in other words, they're feminists, not separatists or snobs. Since it's a small store with limited funds, the stock isn't huge, but they can order just about anything, and we've found the turnaround to be quick and the customer service to be exceptional. The store is also home to several book clubs, including one for mystery buffs, and an activist discussion group called "Get Off Your Ass and Do Something!" Speaking of doing something, Amazon will be moving in a few months, and is seeking donations to help pay for the move.