penn bookstore


Inside a Victorian house sandwiched between two greek fraternity houses is one of the best bookstores in Philadelphia. Remarkably well curated, A House of Our Own is stuffed with volumes of excellent quality and content at very reasonable prices. 

Spread over two full floors, the bookstore has some new volumes, but features a stunning selection of used books on a wide range of topics. On a recent visit I walked away with a four volume set of books for which I’d been searching more than a year. Bookstores from D.C. to Baltimore, Boston to New York (and even Baldwin’s Book Barn) had let me down, but A House of Our Own came through with a pristine set at a great price.

I highly recommend several hours at this fantastic bookstore. A House of Our Own is located at 3902 Spruce Street, on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

Today, is “Small Business Saturday” and as such, I wanted to get in on the action. Independent bookstores are some of my most favorite small businesses in the world, and so we decided to put together a fun, Limited Edition, Bookmark and display for some small independent bookstores all across the United States of America. Go in and patronize these amazing little places, and pick up a copy of my book, Chasers of the Light, and one of these rad bookmarks with a new original poem. Here is a list of those that decided to participate, and I am so thankful they did:

  • Mosquito Books in Anchorage, AK
  • Books on Demand in Fremont, CA
  • Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland, CA
  • Diesel, A Bookstore in Santa Monica, CA
  • Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur, CA
  • Sustenance Books in Murphys, CA
  • Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, CO
  • MacDonald Book Shop in Estes Park, CO
  • Vero Beach Book Center in Vero Beach, FL
  • Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise, ID
  • The Morris Bookshop in Lexington, KY
  • Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD
  • Main Street Books in Frostburg, MD
  • News Center in Easton, MD
  • Brilliant Books in Traverse City, MI
  • Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, MI
  • Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO
  • Fact and Fiction in Missoula, MT
  • Island Bookstore in Duck, NC
  • Island Bookstore in Corolla, NC
  • Island Bookstore in Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC
  • Bayswater Books in Center Harbor, NH
  • Word Books in Jersey City, NJ
  • Longs Cards & Books in Penn Yan, NY
  • O.D. Bookstore in Schenectady, NY
  • Learned Owl Bookshop in Hudson, OH
  • University Store on 5th in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
  • VJPM Booksmith in Seneca, SC
  • Snow Goose B/S in Stanwood, WA
  • Wind City Books in Casper, WY

Get out there and support some small businesses and marvel at how rad some of their names are.  My winners for this list:  Curious Iguana, Snow Goose, and Fiction Addiction.  :)