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Best Indie Bookstore in the Suburbs

Book Beat

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26010 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park; 248-968-1190; thebookbeat.com

Besides shelves bursting with books — including titles you won't find at big box retailers, killer music and photography sections, beautiful art books, oodles of local titles and a superb children's section — besides all that, Book Beat also provides a feeling of community. Friendly and knowledgeable staffers remember customers and make suggestions tailored to their tastes, and frequent readings, signings, art exhibits and other special events bring together like-minded readers to connect over the ideas contained between two covers. 

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