Best Of 2018

Best Suburban Bookstore: The Book Shelf

It’s good to see a suburban bookshop, period. But it’s especially good to see one with a literary bent that isn’t solely dedicated to children’s books, religious books, business books and knick-knacks. The Book Shelf in Madeira is that kind of store. Though not large, it’s big enough (and takes its mission seriously enough) to display the most important fiction and non-fiction new releases and has attractive, well-stocked shelves for older books. It does an especially good job at remembering to carry local authors with national publishers, like Leah Stewart (What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw) or RJ Smith (American Witness), and hosts a book club. It is, in short, the kind of quality neighborhood independent bookshop you figured disappeared amid big-box retailers and Amazon. It hasn’t. The Bookshelf, 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira, cincybookshelf.indielite.org.