Let's say you came all the way to Kauai and realized you forgot to bring that current bestseller you wanted to start reading. Chances are they have it at the Talk Story Bookstore. But you probably won't leave with just that one book. At least we didn't.
The store is owned by Cynthia and Ed, who both assisted us during our visit. Once you've passed through the front door and into their domain, you'll hear one of them greet you with "Welcome to the Western-Most Bookstore in the United States." Their book selection is incredible. Somehow they managed to cram 70,000 or so books into that store. Fortunately they know what they have and are able to guide you right to what you are looking for, or make recommendations.
We could easily have spent hours there, but instead only had time to browse a few sections, including sci-fi, which was a goldmine. It is rare that I come across titles I haven't seen before, but I did at Talk Story.
They are also one of the few retail outlets for a local spice merchant who puts together interesting blends.
I've been to a lot of bookstores, and I can't recall any that are better than Talk Story. This is where bibliophiles should hang-out after they are done with the surf and sand. 5 stars all the way...Worth a special trip.
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