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Boswell Book Co. on Downer Avenue is the best independent bookstore in town.

Unique Boutique: Boswell Book Co.

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Boswell Book Co.
2559 N. Downer Ave.
(414) 332-1181
Twitter: @boswellbooks
Instagram: @boswellbookco

When Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops closed its doors, longtime employee Daniel Goldin bought the company's shop a block from where Schwartz opened his first bookstore in 1927 and tinkered it a bit, including renaming it Boswell Books, in homage to the Boswell figure that had become a Schwartz icon. Now, it is the city's best bookshop, stocked not only with great works but with employees who are passionate and knowledgeable booklovers.

Find unique gifts for: Anyone who loves a nail-biting whodunnit, a beach-perfect summer novel, lifelong learning, a poem, meeting an author, reading a magazine, listening to an audio book ... you get the idea.

Treat yourself to: The newly updated edition of John Gurda's landmarkbook, "The Making of Milwaukee."

Here are just a few of the items you can find at Boswell Book Co.:

Books about Milwaukee and just about everything else

Gifts and books for kids

Literary plush toys

Notebooks for your innermost thoughts

Mugs that reference reading Kafka

Travel guides




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