Books Again focuses on its namesake—its mission is to recycle valuable books. As Jim said, “It’s a noble thing to get these books into as many hands as possible.” For those who take the written word seriously, this is the place to go.Book lovers and collectors, listen up: Books Again is a collector’s mecca and an intellectual’s lair. From the moment I walked through the front door I knew this place meant business. Book business. Every square inch of the shop is occupied by a buckram-covered antique, deckle-edged classic, or other highly acclaimed piece of literature. Real books emanate an indescribable, somewhat stale musk. Feel free to breathe it in deeply here, because that beloved scent of a good read lingers throughout the store.
Glass cases house hundreds of rare signed books, like the first English edition of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and a first edition Grapes of Wrath (the title that, incidentally, first sparked store owner Jim Adams’ interest in fine literature many years ago—along with the works of Faulkner). Journey through a sumptuous sampling of Southern literature not to be found elsewhere in the city, and peruse countless works from Harry Crews, to Pat Conroy, to Reynolds Price, to the dear Flannery O’ Connor. For the history buffs, wander through the stacks of war writings. Intellectual minds will likewise be captivated by shelves of poetry, mystery fiction, art, photography, religion, and philosophy. Newfangled works won’t be found here, though the shop does boast a modest section of paperback fiction for the more casual readers amongst us. And you never know what you’ll find in stock as the shelves are constantly refilled with new old works.
Books Again focuses on its namesake—its mission is to recycle valuable books. As Jim said, “It’s a noble thing to get these books into as many hands as possible.” 'Tis indeed, Jim. The shop holds no accoutrements, because it doesn’t need them—for those who take the written word seriously, this is the place to come get lost in a book. Just be sure to watch out for the gentle purr of the shop’s live-in marmalade cat, appropriately named Eric the “Red.” (Get it?)
Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays