Unchained success

The Boston Globe covered the Brookline Booksmith's recent growth and success in the face of recession, noting that most independent bookstores are "proving surprisingly sturdy in a stormy economy."

In addition to the Booksmith, several Massachusetts stores are doing well right now: Porter Square Books and Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Newtonville Books in Newton, Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset, Willow Books & Cafe in Acton, and Book Ends in Winchester.

"I do think there's a swing back to valuing local and independent," said Booksmith manager Dana Brigham. "Small and local can be good places to do business and very healthy for your community."

"There's a standard line that the independents are collapsing and they're all going to disappear soon. I think that's a little dated," said John Mutter, editor of the online newsletter Shelf Awareness.

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