Best Bookstore (New) - 2009
To a non-resident, the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood doesn't look quite real. It's too picturesque, too quaint, too adorable—like something out of a storybook. And there's no better place to find an actual storybook for comparison than the area's cozy little bookshop, Micawber's. The independent store takes its moniker from a Dickens character, an honest but bumbling glass-half-full type who went to debtor's prison. Luckily for us, this namesake store has managed to stay solvent. Some its carefully selected titles come with specific recommendations tacked to the shelves, and staff members are always happy to offer more advice, and in a nonjudgmental way—good to know if you're looking for a light-reading title for your "teenage cousin." The small rack of magazines and literary journals contains rare finds. And when you have to leave the pretty, pretty confines of Saint Anthony Park, you can at least comfort your soul with a new great read.