Atlanta >Shopping > A Cappella Books
“If you can't find something, ask a member of the store's very knowledgeable sales staff.”
“For a used book store, this place was expensive in my opinion.”
mediocre.. For a used book store, this place was expensive in my opinion. Really, the only great thing is that they had a decent selection of French language books that were inexpensive. I found a brand new copy of La Nausee by Sartre for $4.75 (normally, if you can find anything like that at all, it's going to be expensive because of import prices, etc). But I can't imagine coming back here for anything else.
No biscotti and lattes, it's all about the new, used and first-edition books..
A Cappella's overstuffed room holds a diverse selection of new and used tomes with a decidedly literary bent, including first and out-of-print editions. Come for the modern fiction, poetry and theater titles. Though the independent bookstore isn't always a bargain-hunter's paradise, it's certainly a literary lover's one. With an overwhelming stock of 10,000 hardcover and 20,000 softcover selections, the staff becomes an integral part of the store. When questioned, the quiet employees show off their encyclopedic knowledge.
Arranged by genre, the mostly used merchandise ranges from good to excellent condition. Of the new books, the subversive reigns, with especially strong Beat and '60s literature selections. If you know the title--whether recent or horribly out of print--but can't find the book, inquire about the store's free search service and special-order options. A Cappella also buys, sells and trades.
The way bookstores should be. An independently owned bookstore, A Cappella Books wins over the big chains on so many fronts. Packed with fiction, non-fiction and a lot of specialty categories, the selection is quite remarkable given the store's small size. Most of its books are used, but A Cappella also stocks some intelligent and popular books as well. First editions in the case can be pricey, but most everything else, especially the paperbacks, is reasonable. If you can't find something, ask a member of the store's very knowledgeable sales staff. One of my favorite things about the store is that it posts a sign asking customers to turn off their cell phones--a nice change of pace.
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