Independent bookstore in a Victorian. Focus on academia, poetry, philosophy.Philadelphia, PA
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If you could take just one photo: Entryway stacked with books
A house made of books—literally—from entryway to stairs to shelves under the register, every flat surface of House of Our Own is covered with lovingly collected books. Nestled among row houses just off the University of Pennsylvania campus, the store boasts used, rare, and academic books ranging from chemistry to screenplays to women’s studies, thanks to book-loving owners and collegiate neighbors. After a wander in the historic college, stepping off Spruce Street and through the worn wooden door feels like a fairy tale’s magic wardrobe—we’re talking about a whole different world. You’ll want to turn your phone off (or at least silence it, really) because even with the store bustling with students searching for course books, it’s more like a personal library than anything else. Find an upstairs corner with lazy afternoon sunshine slanting across the shelves, and run your fingers over the spines of books you never even knew you wanted. Inevitably, you’ll take one home.February 15, 2012 Like Add a Comment