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Updated by Katherine Robertson-Pilling on Aug 06, 2013
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Your Favorite Indie Bookstores

I just completed my 10-week US book tour of Chicago and the Southwest. These first 13 bookstores now have The Wheel of Creativity on their shelves. Some of them I discovered through you, but I know there are hundreds more out there like them. Help me support independent American booksellers. Add your favorite bookstore to the list! Then stop by and ask for "The Wheel of Creativity: Taking Your Place in the Adventure of Life” by Katherine Robertson-Pilling.

Albuquerque: Bookworks

One of Albuquerque’s last remaining local, independent bookstores, dedicated to supporting the community and putting books and people together. New non-fiction and general fiction, local authors, Y/A and children\'s books, New Mexico travel, photography, and art. Homey and inviting.

Austin: Book People

Texas’ leading independent bookstore since 1970. Voted best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years and Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. Fabulous books and friendly folk - the best of Texas!

Boulder CO: Boulder Bookstore

Boulder’s largest independent bookstore with 20,000 sq. feet, more than 100,000 titles, and three floors. The store host more than 200 events in the community every year. Named “Best of Boulder” by local papers every year since 1987. Get lost here.

Boulder, CO: Jacque Michelle

Okay, so it's not known as a bookstore, but since 1984 this perfectly curated boutique carries a small selection of great books plus fabulous gifts, accessories, apparel, and stationery. Browser's paradise.

Chicago: Women & Children First

One of Chicago's best loved bookstores since 1979, W&CF continues to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women can find books reflecting their lives and interests. Good company.

Dallas: Unity Church Grapevine Bookstore

Tucked away inside Unity Church Grapevine, this intimate bookstore has a surprisingly complete selection of books by leading spiritual authors such as Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Gregg Braden, as well as a large selection of New Thought authors, children’s books and more. A find.

Denver: Tattered Cover Book Store

What began in 1971 as a small store in Denver's Cherry Creek North district, the Tattered Cover has grown into one of America's most reputable bookstores with three locations in the greater Denver area. Expansively cozy.

Houston: Brazos Bookstore

Brazos Bookstore has played a central role in the literary life of Houston since 1974. It still focuses on literary fiction, local interests and innovative and creative specialty books. Sweet and spicy.

Houston: The Jung Center Bookstore and Library

Housed in the Jung Center, this intimate and immaculate store offers a "fine selection of books and gifts, selected with a special focus on psychology, humanities and the expressive arts." A gem!

Los Angeles: Agape Quiet Mind Bookstore (Culver City)

A beautiful escape from the rush of Los Angeles in the Agape International Spiritual Center, Quiet Mind offers visitors a thorough selection of spiritual books, CDs, gift items and more. Soothing.

Los Angeles: Book Soup

Located on Sunset Strip, Book Soup has brought books on art, film, photography, music, controversial non-fiction, and literary fiction to West Hollywood since 1975. Today, owned by Vroman's, the store keeps some 60,000 titles in stock, always making space for works from university, international and small presses. Simply classy.

Ojai, CA: Bart's Books

The largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A. Since Bart’s Books began in 1964 it has housed nearly a million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials to rare, out of print first editions, and art books valued in the thousands of dollars. Quirky and cool!

Pasadena, CA: Vroman's Bookstore

Vroman's Bookstore has been an independently owned family business since 1894, known for its extensive book inventory, a wide selection of gifts, and its contribution to the community. It was recognized by Publishers Weekly as Bookseller of the Year in 2008. Wow!

Tempe, AZ: Changing Hands Bookstore

Opened in 1974 as "a little socially responsible bookstore and community gathering place", Changing Hands moved into its current 15,000 square foot store in 2000. Voted Publisher Weekly's Bookseller of the Year in 2007, its commitment to building community with books is as strong as ever. Wonderful!