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Brookline Booksmith

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Address: 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
Phone Number: +1 617-566-6660
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8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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A real neighborhood bookstore

We love frequenting this place. The carefully selected items on the bargain book tables have often pointed us in new directions. The staff are knowledgeable. And in the "this is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
rrd_and_md
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Westwood, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Local bookstore worth a visit. Large gift section. The basement is used books which we were looking forward to but was disappointing. My daughter found 5 books that she purchased. Also quirky gifts (like a stuffed magnetic Sherlock holmes and Mozart). Husband found an autographed copy of a book in the clearance section.

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Boston
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love frequenting this place. The carefully selected items on the bargain book tables have often pointed us in new directions. The staff are knowledgeable. And in the "this is not only a bookstore" department, the greeting card selection is superb and eclectic and one can always find a little gift for any occasion. Thank goodness places like this still... More 

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Boston
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This store is a treasure. An independent bookstore with great selection and helpful staff. One of the best around!

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Thank bsox1918
Herzlia, Israel
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Ever wondered what happened to those wondeful local bookstores in this digital age? Did they all close? No..in Brookline..they are thriving..and they have cute and friendly staff who are as in to it..as you are!

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Thank Leonard G
Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Not only books you will find, but also other interesting stuff like super cool notebooks or even fun puzzles...

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Thank Fairbkkb S
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I wandered into this little bookshops only to find a huge array of gifts and cards in addition to tons of great books! This is a great independent shop. I also loved the huge selection of dayplanners and adult coloring books!

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Thank Katy M
Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

After touring the town of Brookline we wanted to find something like little novelties from the town. The lady at the public library recommended this store because it's like a gift shop too and that's the only place that had anything that said BROOKLINE on it.

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Thank Brooke L
Brookline, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Great family book store good ties to the community supports local school programs and offers discounts as well also has other activities

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

A fabulous book store along with some great crafts. A wide range of book selections for each genre. They also regularly have writers and other culturally relevant people speaking there.

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Thank leaton01
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

I work at the Homewood Suites by Hilton/Boston-Brookline and love this place not only for books but for gifts of all kinds especially ones with a local flavor - ones you don't find everywhere - e.g. a "Entering Brookline" coaster is a favorite one to include in our VIP goody baskets. I could stay in this place and browse for... More 

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Thank HomewoodSuitesDOS

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