There's nothing like a great bookstore to cure what ails you.

After reading The Yellow-Lighted bookshop, I was glum. Where I was going to go in Atlanta to have a nice tea, sit on a comfy couch, and leaf through a few books? The Red Room Library usually provides these creature comforts, but every once in a while you have to get out.

Yesterday, I discovered a bookshop in Decatur, Wordsmiths Books, that will be able to fulfill all of these needs.

For years, Atlantans have bemoaned the loss of Oxford Books, which closed, not because of the big box stores, but because of the owners mismanagement. I have very fond memories of riding my bike up Peachtree Battle to the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center with two dollars in my pocket. I would park my bike, go into the bookstore, pick a book, go to the cafe, order a blueberry muffin and sprite with my two dollars, and read the afternoon away.

Wordsmiths has this same atmosphere.


  1. I loved the old Oxford Bookstore. I still live in the area, and the chain stores just don't make it. We used to get out of a movie at 9:30 in the evening, grab an ice cream at Baskin Robbins and hit Oxford to browse and think and learn a little more than we knew before we went in the store. Peaceful and reassuring, it was a great way to relax and wander.


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