Book Gallery's a throwback to what used bookstores were like before mega-secondhand bookshops came along: persnickety, idiosyncratic cubbyholes where you run across rarities chosen in part by the interests of the owner. Not that Book Gallery is a cubbyhole, size-wise. The store is spacious enough, but the densely packed shelves lend a feeling of intimacy, a place where you can hide from the world while you rumble through the works of Madame Blavatsky, thumb through sci-fi novels you haven't seen since the 1970s, or peruse obscure, Depression-era children's tomes.Add to this the vast collection of bookends in the place — in the form of everything from American presidents to hunting dogs — and you have the ambiance of a San Francisco curio shop out of some Dashiell Hammett detective story. Book Gallery has a Mesa location as well, but it's the Phoenix shop that retains the best of what bookstores used to be.

Location Details

3643 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix AZ 85018
602-508-0280