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Malaprop's Bookstore

55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-6734
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Ranked #5 of 49 shopping in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops
Traveler Description: Malaprops Bookstore is one of those wonderful little places that may be responsible for putting the original "crunch" into Asheville. Emoke B'Racz... more »
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Columbus, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a cute little bookstore with lots of character. Happened in on a book reading and signing and the place was packed. Fun to browse around. Of course, that is if you like to read.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It really does my heart good to see an independent bookstore really thriving. We went there in search of local interest books, specifically about hiking in Asheville. The employee knew just about every possible book on the subject, she was quite impressive! She mentioned that she and other employees had been working there for years so that is one reason... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Malaprop's Bookstore is the individually owned bookstore you used to have in your town -- until the big chains bullied them out of business. It's packed full of great choices & varieties in reading, eclectic arrangements and stacks of books and gifts, and boasts a calendar of author signings and talks. If you like to read, save several hours of... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

One of my favorite authors was doing a reading here in August. It was the first time I'd ever been to Malaprop, I'm sorry I haven't been there sooner. It is exactly what a bookstore should be: filled with book lovers, on both sides of the sales counter. They have a wide and varied selection and they have a fantastic... More

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dekalb,il
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I loved,loved, loved this bookstore! The staff is wonderful, the attached coffee shop is very nice and it has all sorts of kitschy gift items as well. Not very big but a lovely place.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

At one time every city had numerous bookstores that either catered to their respective neighborhoods or focused on certain genres. They are rarer than the dinosaur today. Malaprop's is a destination in that if you never read books, you can see how a bookstore reflects the "vibe" of a city just by scanning their offerings. I purchased a book and... More

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Gloucester, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I was visiting Asheville and decided to stop in Malaprop's. I got a smoothie and read at the bar. It was a lovely little spot for a relaxing afternoon. The staff were friendly and casual.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Visited here this past weekend and whenever I go to a new city, I love to check out the independent book scene. If you're like me, don't miss Malaprops!!!! The selection was great, staff very friendly, even on a busy Friday. I loved, loved the craft-paper wrapped books that the staff picks. I'd read about it here on another review... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

When visiting Asheville, NC this place must be on your to do list. Bookstore and associates are outstanding. Pick up a book from the "staff recommendation" section. They wrap a book in brown paper and write a brief description about the story on the wrapping paper...you may like it or really really love it!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It was a very windy and cold day so we decided to duck into this bookstore, and I'm certainly glad we did. I do like to support independent bookstores, and this one is a very nice place to spend some time. Nice selection of books, cards and novelties with a cafe area.

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