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October 23, 2009

my d.c.: riverby books
posted by soe 11:43 pm

My dentist lives and works on the other side of town in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. After my appointments, I like to stop in the shops I don’t visit terribly often. Sometimes it’s Eastern Market, but other times, like this week, it’s Riverby Books.

Riverby Books

Riverby might be the nicest bookstore in town these days. I mean, sure, Capitol Hill Books is a book lover’s dream with its piles of books everywhere, including the tiny bathroom, and Second Story and Idle Times are both perfectly lovely shops. But when you walk into Riverby, you feel like people are glad you’ve come in and are excited you want to buy these books, some of which they’ve loved, too.

First, they lure you to their gate with the colorful balloons.

Books for Sale!

Then they invite you to walk into the yard with their tables of $1 charity books.

Used Bookstore

And, then, once you’re inside, snap! You’re theirs. You are going to give them your money because they have books you want, books you need. Even if you’ve never heard of the titles, you’ll find yourself with an armful of books after just a few minutes waving around a pile of money, pleading with someone to take it so you can stop finding more.


Not that that happened to me this week. No, not at all…

Category: books,dc life. There is/are 2 Comments.

What a fascinating store. Makes you glad you enjoy reading.

Comment by DOD 10.24.09 @ 8:09 am

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