I spend a lot of time these days trying to spelunk ideas in the wall-less ether of cyberspace – which makes me appreciate a bricks-and-mortar location all the more. There’s nothing like the physical sensation of being surrounded by shelves upon shelves of books – some overhead, some hip-high and on rollers. A good bookstore is the intellectual soul of a city, and in a city often derided for not having an intellectual soul, Books & Books is a good – a great – bookstore. Mitchell Kaplan has made Miami a book town. He’s a true miracle maker. And he also serves the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Though I do think they should get Wi-Fi.
Evelyn McDonnell, author of Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids, & Rock’n’Roll and editorial director of MOLI.com.