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Brattle Book Shop offers thousands of used books at reasonable prices.  The store is located at 9 West Street in Boston.  (Photo by Krista DeJulio)

Brattle Book Shop offers thousands of used books at reasonable prices. The store is located at 9 West Street in Boston. (Photo by Krista DeJulio)

By Krista DeJulio – Features Editor

The Brattle Book Shop is perhaps one of Boston’s best-kept secrets. Hidden in the bhustle and bustle of downtown Boston, located at 9 West Street near Suffolk University, Brattle Book Shop is best known for its unique structure. Unlike other thrift bookstores, part of the store is located outside.

Brattle Book Shop is every book lover’s dream; with part of the store outside, bibliophiles will be excited by the aging books, all marked between one and five dollars.

The store consists of three floors; the first two consisting of a mix between fiction, nonfiction, art, history, sports and more.  The third floor consists of rare, vintage collectibles.  The books on this floor are some of the oldest in the store, usually first and second editions or signed, and based on the prices, are for more serious book collectors. “Old Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide,” from 1935, sold for a mere $500 while a signed photograph of Abraham Lincoln sold for $75,000.

Even during cold New England winters Brattle Book Shop will not disappoint. From classic dramas, to children’s books and contemporary fiction, there is something for everyone throughout the year.

Whether a tourist, student, or longtime native of Boston, Brattle Book Shop is definitely worth a trip. Leather bound books and oversized art books will mesmerize anyone, and will have every customer wanting to stay. With its oversized number two pencil as a sign and a window display full of themed books, Brattle Book Shop is hard to miss and is set to give happy customers a lasting impression.

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Price range: $

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