Friends suggested other bookstores: Black Oak Books in Berkeley; the Last Bookstore in L.A.; Montague Bookmill outside of Amherst, Mass.; the Tattered Cover in Phoenix (the first and last of these I know well). I remembered the wonderful Adventure Bookshop in Oamaru, New Zealand (the country's steampunk capital and home of the blue penguin: three reasons to visit that small city right there).
I'm going to compile Ann Patchett's recommendations here so I don't lose sight of them. (Though, yeah, yeah, I could just click on the link above. But I find that restating helps me remember. So.)
Children's BooksCurious George Store, Cambridge, Mass.
Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis
Books of Wonder, New York
Treehouse Books, Ashland, Ore.
Square Books, Oxford, Miss. (Oxford = home of Faulkner)
The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles (see intro)
An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe, Plainville, Mass.
Tiny BookstoresThe Corner Bookstore, NYC
192 Books, NYC
Three Lives & Company, NYC
Newtonville Books, outside Boston
Provincetown Bookshop, P-town, Mass. (ha! I ticked that one off in October!)
Birchbark Books, Minneapolis
The VenerablesNational Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, D.C. (going there in January: definitely on the list—and I don't mean the bookstore per se, but apparently I need to stop there too)
Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C. (okay: on the list—best bookstore café, check)
Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Mass.
Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Cambridge, Mass.
Books & Books, Miami, Fla.
Powell's, Portland, Ore. (see above)
Ann Patchett's Personal FavoritesBoswell Book Company, Milwaukee
McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Mich. (a city that's mentioned in the book I reviewed yesterday, what about that—in the context of starting up a newspaper, yeah)
Malaprop's, Ashevill, N.C.
Book Passage, Corte Madera (see intro)
Explore Booksellers, Aspen, Colo.
Okay. Now to get my map out. And do a little Internet research to fill in the gaps. This could be fun! Anybody want to join me?
P.S. As I was composing this post, a friend sent me a link to another NYT article, "Hotels for Book Lovers." It must be in the stars.