Get Lost in 5 East End Bookshops

Although the East End is home to a bevy of narrow side streets with quaint mom-and-pop shops around unexpected turns, there’s something different about getting lost in a good book. Maybe it’s finding truth in the storyline, connecting with the characters or uncovering peace in the silence. Whatever it may be, the longer, lazier summer days were made for carefree reading. Consider these five East End bookshops your one-way ticket to tranquility.

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Black Cat Books, Shelter Island

Located on the serene Shelter Island, Black Cat Books has been providing readers and collectors with an ever-changing stock of vintage collectibles and signed first editions since 1996. Upon arrival, visitors can browse over 20,000 fine and used titles in all subject areas like art, photography, architecture and design. Phone: 631-725-8654 | Address: 54 N Ferry Rd Click to explore

Burton’s Bookstore, Greenport

People can get lost in a good book just as easy as they can get lost in a good bookstore. Burton’s is stacked with children’s books, cookbooks and best sellers (both fiction and nonfiction). There is also an inventive selection of gift cards, postcards and bookmarks. Best part is, the bookstore hosts book signings by local authors and frequently features live music. Phone: 631-477-1161 | Address: 43 Front St Click to explore

Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor

Canio’s Books houses more than your average bookshop. Take Canio’s Cultural Café, an educational nonprofit that serves food for thought through lectures, workshops and seminars hosted by artists, writers and independent scholars. Expand your palate through a carefully curated book collection of new and used literature, art, poetry, history, cooking, food, the environment, nature and spirituality. Phone: 631-725-4926 | Address: 290 Main St Click to explore

A Tale of Two Sisters Bookshop, Montauk

A Tale of Two Sisters embodies that “local” vibe that people come to love about Montauk. Between local artwork adorning the walls, framed photography and open mic nights, finding a good book is only half the fun at this vintage shop. Phone: 631-238-5999 | Address: 37 The Plaza Click to explore

Southampton Books, Southampton

A visit to Southampton isn’t complete without a little literary adventure. From the newest best sellers to a large selection of rare and collectible first editions and signed books, there is something for everyone. And if your book isn’t in the store (new or out of print), any order can be placed online. Phone: 631- 283-0270 | Address: 16 NY-27A Click to explore