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Used Bookstores

Hello. We will be in Durham next week for vacation and we are looking for good used bookstores. They are hard to find these days, especially ones that aren't nothing but Harlequin and cheap dime a dozen paperbacks. Any suggestions? I like Asian Fiction, (intelligent) Horror, Urban Fantasy, Nature and photography kind of thing, and just random fiction, really.

Thanks!!!

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Gee, I hope you won't be spending an entire vacation in Durham! ??? I can't think of good things to see/do in Durham that would take more than a day or two; I highly recommend getting out of Durham and visiting the best areas in that section of NC. Chapel Hill is a wonderful town just a few miles from Durham, there is a great used bookstore there, which has a huge selection of great books. bookshopofchapelhill.com/cgi-bin/…index.html

The country's oldest public university, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is located there; it is a beautiful historic campus, much to see and do. Here's a list of some of the best attractions... 10best.com/destinations/… Just walking through the campus, and surrounding historic downtown, and historic neighborhoods is one of my favorite.

Carrboro, right next to Chapel Hill also has a great used bookstore, called Nice Price. There's also a lot of great things to see and do there, great unique shopping, art galleries, etc.

Nearby Raleigh, also has a lot to offer,..here's a list...http://www.visitraleigh.com/visitors/things_to_do/

and several great used bookstores; one of my favorite is not too far from the Durham/Chapel Hill area.... http://www.2ndchancebooks.com/

Enjoy your vacation and stay safe, there are some very nice areas in Durham, but also some very bad areas.

Edited: 23 March 2011, 14:07
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^@Uncmickey - The original poster has already posted a thread about things they're doing in and around Durham. You'd be surprised at all they've got to consider. :-)

Back on topic---Durham area has many bookstores for sure...

Nice Price Books has locations in Durham, Carrboro and Raleigh: http://www.nicepricebooks.net/

Books Do Furnish A Room in Durham: http://www.booksdofurnisharoom.com/

Flyleaf (new and used) in Chapel Hill: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/

The Bookshop (used & rare) in Chapel Hill: bookshopofchapelhill.com/cgi-bin/…index.html

Internationalist (new & used...new age) in Chapel Hill: http://www.internationalistbooks.org/

Readers' Corner in Raleigh: abebooks.com/readers-corner,-inc-raleigh-nc-…

Wentworth & Leggett Rare Books in Durham: http://www.wentworthleggettbooks.com/

Northgate Books in Durham: http://www.usedbooksdurham.com/

Regulator Bookshop (new and used) in Durham: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com

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Sorry I missed your other topic, I've read it now....Rob's and others recommendations have you leaving Durham too! Like I stated, there's not enough to do in Durham, alone. Have a great trip, the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of the state has a lot to offer, I just didn't want to see you waste all your time in Durham......(personally my least favorite city in the area.)

As Rob and I mentioned, you'll find many great used bookstores in the area, and also lots of unique collectible/antique/arts shopping, if you're into that.

BTW, In Durham, the Duke Gardens should be beautiful next week.

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Seriously UNCMickey? Is bashing Durham really necessary?

I'm sorry you may have had a bad experience here, but your comments about wasting time in Durham and how it is your least favorite city in the area seem a bit off topic when the discussion is about used book stores.

teaforleelee, I hope you have a great trip here. Nice Price books in Durham is in a good location adjacent to Duke's East Campus.

Edited: 23 March 2011, 17:16
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I'm not sure what UNCMickey's agenda is and am also sorry she chosen this forum for it, but you will find Durham to be a lively, hospitable city. I have always enjoyed my visits there.

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Sorry for my poor choice of words, I should have stated "spend all your time in Durham" not "waste". I was writing in a hurry...again, I apologize for using the word, "waste"; as I and others have mentioned before there are worthwhile things to see/do in Durham......, but spend an entire vacation in Durham? No way. I don't know why I'm being jumped on about that? Seriously, would any of you spend an entire vacation within the city limits of Durham? I just wanted to be sure the OP wasn't planning to fill all their time in Durham; and they are not. I wanted to be sure they knew that like many cities in our country, Durham has unsafe areas; I wrote that. I have not stated anything that is bashing or untrue......"get the truth, then go"

It looks like the OP has plenty to see and do in the area, and will have a nice vacation both in and outside of Durham.

Best Wishes.

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UNCMickey - if you dislike Durham so much, why do you continue to lurk and post? Every city (even your beloved Chapel Hill) has good things and bad things, good parts and bad parts. You are doing a dis-service to Durham visitors by continually posting only negative things in response to questions.

The New York Times included Durham in their 2011 Top Places to Visit list, along with only 3 other US destinations. …nytimes.com/2011/…

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I've been on this forum for many years and have given and received much advice. I like most other travelers appreciate both positive and critical reviews and opinions, that's what TA is all about. Please read, not everything I've stated about Durham is negative, there are good things, and I've stated that.....there's just not enough things to fill a week's vacation! I also gave advice on bookstores, which is what this topic is about. In all my more critical reviews of places, I've never been attacked like I have been in the Durham forums....makes me wonder if some of these people are with the chamber of commerce...lol! I will continue to spend some time in Durham each year, probably much more time than many of you who've attacked me. Since I am frequently in the area, I will also continue to reply on the Durham forums; most of us here on TA want the truth, both good and bad.

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Wow, you guys are so lucky to have so many bookstores (other than chains)! We don't have a single used bookstore where I live, it is so sad. All we have is ::sigh:: Books A Million.

I wish we would have enough time to visit all of the stores that were suggested, but I don't think that we will. Do any stand out as far as selection and organization? IDK, I suppose organization doesn't matter too much. I totally don't mind spending some time searching for good books-its just that we'll be on limited time unfortunately.

Since we'll be at Duke for the Lemurs, I think we'll check out that Nice Price bookstore (I think that is close by..?) for sure. Is that a good one?

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UNCMickey: my car was parked on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and was broken into at 3pm last Wed. By your logic, I need to continually check the CH forum and post to every topic that CH is unsafe.

I am a resident of Durham and assure you I know the flaws of our city. If someone posted the question asking if they should walk down Alston Ave at 3am, I would be ther first to advise agaisnt it.