In the past 40-plus years, Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe has become a cultural institution. And it didn't take long for CHB's sister store in Phoenix to join its ranks. It's been there less than two years, and now we don't know what we did without the Central Phoenix spot for book-buying, author-signing, class-taking, and coffee/beer/wine drinking. This year, Changing Hands brought in such authors as Jimmy Carter and Diane Keaton, expanded its workshop offerings, and hosted events such as the Arizona Republic's super-popular book club and New Times' panel in search of the great Arizona novel. Customer service at both stores is high, and if they don't have the book you're looking for, they're happy to order it. Don't ever change, Changing Hands. You've got us booked, er, hooked.
Readers Choice: Changing Hands Bookstore