If I tell you that I’m a born-and-raised St. Paulite, and a bookworm, you’ll know if I call Common Good Books “pretty good,” that you should rush right over, right?
Garrison Keillor relocated his shop from its former basement space to a corner spot on Snelling and Grand in St. Paul. The new space is airier and has more inventory, but retains its smarty-pants-book-club atmosphere.
I love the simple organization (fiction, comics, reporting, pop culture, large how-to-write and regional sections, children’s) and the tables of featured books, which were laser-focused on the season and current events. I also enjoyed the articulate, delightful staff reviews.
There’s something for all tastes: coffee-table tomes on minimalism in fashion, essays on Hunter S. Thompson, and more. I left with notes on 14 books, which I’ll go back to buy when I’m ready to visit the lake.
Shop there. For your own good.