Half Price Books, University City, MO https://www.hpb.com/123 They’re not entirely an indie bookstore, but enough out of the mainstream to be counted. Get on the mailing list for offers and updates on their sales and events. This is a great place to take the books you have read and sell them–so you can buy more, of course. They also have a good selection of vinyl and CDs for the music lover and DVDs for movie buffs.
Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO https://www.left-bank.com/This longtime STL favorite is unsurpassed for bringing cool authors and events to the area. Lonely Planet recently named it one of the best independent bookstores in the nation.
Books Galore, Festus, MO http://books-galore.com/ If you can’t find it anywhere else, you will find it here. They will also happily order new books if what you want isn’t in stock.
The Book House, Maplewood, MO http://www.bookhousestl.com/ Fans of this quirky store, a combination of used and new books with a wonderful collection of antiques and nostalgia, were crushed when they had to move from their old Victorian house. Fear not; they have made a cozy home in downtown Maplewood. Make a day or an evening out of your visit; there’s a lot to do on the block (and adjoining blocks).
Dunaway Books, St. Louis, MO http://www.dunawaybooks.com/?page=shop/index This gem is lucky enough to be part of one of St. Louis’ most interesting and fun neighborhoods. Don’t forget the basement; it’s worth the time you will spend walking the aisles.
Main Street Books, St. Charles, MO http://www.mainstreetbooks.net/ New owners, same fabulous store. Hint: the best books (and seats) are upstairs.
The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO https://thenovelneighbor.com/ Drive slowly as you’re looking for this small but excellent store. The best perk they offer (other than a great and friendly staff) is a lending service for Advance Reader Copies. Let your voice be heard!