Boston boasts an enviable network of fascinating used bookstores. Among the nine locations in the consortium, Commonwealth Books, in the basement of the Old South Meeting House, has the most colorful location: in an early Puritan church of old Boston. Hunting through its stacks is a marvelous way to experience the city’s scholarly customs firsthand – almost like time travel. The network also includes the Brattle Bookshop, Peter L. Stern & Company, F.A. Bernett Inc., Buddenbrooks, Bromer Booksellers, the Boston Book Annex and Symposium Books. Feel free to read to your heart’s content, and then take home a souvenir example of Boston’s tradition of academic prowess.

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