BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) - 2004
Somehow, walking into this Dinkytown used-book favorite, located just down the street from the equally fantastic Book House, always feels a little like stepping into a Victorian curio shop. Maybe it's the parrot adjacent to the cash register whose occasional squawks barely ruffle the place's drowsy charm. Or the uninhabited aquarium in back stacked with copies of Tolstoy. Though there's always someone around to help you navigate the shop's layout (roughly: fiction, science, and poetry on the first floor; history and social sciences in the basement), Cummings is best experienced as an unhurried browser. If you aren't looking for anything in particular, you're almost sure to be pleasantly surprised by what you find.