Bookstore Adventure: Amaranth Bookstore (Evanston, IL)
“Good things come in small packages.”
I have often found this saying to be true when it comes to used bookstores. A giant selection doesn’t mean squat if the people behind said collection don’t know their books. Amaranth Bookstore in Evanston, Illinois is one of these tiny gems. The editions contained in this store are quirky and strange and not easily found, and it’s easy to see that the people who run this store know their books.
My husband and I stumbled into the store, which is located right by the Davis Purple Line stop, a few weeks ago, and left with arms loaded with treasures we weren’t expecting to find.
First off, the wackiest edition of “Jane Eyre” I’ve ever seen – and I collect copies of this book. For some reason, this 1987 edition has been illustrated with a cover that makes it looks like a fantasy novel. I’m not sure why Jane looks like some sort of medieval princess – or why the back cover has scary-looking ravens on it. Regardless, it was $4.5o and in awesome condition, so bought it.
The store also boasts a crazy sale section – with racks for $1.00, $2.00, and $3.00 books. Not only did I pull a collection of “The indispensable James Joyce,” but my husband found a seriously-rare treasure – an absolutely gorgeous 50th anniversary edition of “The Hobbit” complete with a box and illustrations for $2.00.
When we left the store, our bag was full of Bronte, Tolkien, Joyce, Dorothy Parker, Walt Whitman, and tales of the London towers – and we’d spent less than $20. In my mind, this makes any bookstore a raging success.
The store also boasts an impressive non-fiction collection, with history and science especially well-collected. I didn’t buy the below copy of “Surgery of the Foot,” but was still impressed it was there.
Amaranth Books is a charming little treasure-trove. Please check it out. You won’t be sorry.