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The Natural Awakenings Top ⓫ Bookstore Edition

NYC Edition

Every week we search for great companies to inform our subscribers about ways they can help them on their self-improvement journey and highlight their best deals that compile our Top 11 list.

The Bookstore Issue: As the video store, CD’s and landlines, the independent bookstore is a thing of the past, or is it? Vinyl records are back! And so has there been a resurgence with single location brick & mortar bookshops. Even Amazon has entered the physical bookstore category. There is no place better to unwind and ascent today than a bookstore. Here is this week's Top 11 Indie stores where the sheer smell of books will inspire your inner calling.=

➊ East Meets West Books and Special Events

Namaste Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Free special events and talks Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Provide Code: AT-AIMHIGHER for $5.00 off
  • Savings Expiration Date: 09.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • The book sections include Buddhism, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Yoga/Ayurveda, Mantra/Tantra, Meditation, Divination/Wicca, Bodywork/Reiki, and much more.
  • Namaste Bookshop also hosts many special events, classes, and book signings every week and also has a daily schedule of Readers and Practitioners (which include Psychic, Tarot, Astrology, Reiki, Etc.).

Union Square West

➋ Attend a Workshop and Browse Unique Books
Aum Shanti Bookshop

The Deal:

  • Workshops, talks, and seminars Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for $5.00 off any $10.00+ purchase
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • Inside Aum Shanti things slow down and you can feel the good vibes and energy of Rakesh and the staff as they welcome you.
  • A unique selection of books, crystals, candles, incense, and yoga accessories.

Lower Eastside

➌ Self Publish and Sell Your Own Book

Shakespeare & Co.

The Deal:

  • Free book signings and talk – see the calendar Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for an additional 10% Off any Cafe Purchase and $15 for $20 towards any book purchase
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • Write your book! You can publish and sell it right here at Shakespeare & Co. We’ll place a copy on our shelves, details.
  • Partnerships with Google Books, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and a growing number of publishers, big and small. If you don’t see a title on our shelves, we can print it in less than ten minutes.

Upper Eastside

➍ Beautiful Illustrated Selection of Books

Rizzoli Bookstore

The Deal:

Free Events Click Here

Why We Love It:

  • Serving NYC for over 50 years.
  • Books specialized in illustrated subjects – fashion, interior design, art, architecture, photography, design, and all subjects of general interest are represented.
  • You can find a selection of European magazines and newspapers, compact discs and DVDs, and their note cards and stationery is a constant delight to customers.


➎ New Age Books and The Place For Psychic Readings

Quest Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for $20.00 off any Psychic Reading
  • Savings Expiration Date: 12.31.2017

Why We Love It:

  • An excellent selection of books with a wide range of topics
  • Specializing in spiritual, esoteric, and new age literature.
  • If you ever were tempted to see a psychic reader, this is a great article that provides great information Link

Midtown West

➏ Books Lovers Community For A Good Cause
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

The Deal:

  • Free Special Events and Non-Profit Click Here
  • Used books from $1.00 – $10.00

Why We Love It:

  • Anything purchased here will be going for a great cause as all proceeds go towards helping the homeless and those affected by HIV/Aids community. It’s a win-win, it’s almost like helping others is also helping yourself.
  • The cafe is adorable and people chat, eat and enjoy the open atmosphere the high ceilings encouraged.
  • A New York downtown institution.


➐ Miles and Miles of Books Since 1927

The Deal: 

Why We Love It:

  • The Strand was born in 1927 over on Fourth Avenue on what was then called “Book Row.” Book Row covered six city blocks and housed forty-eight bookstores
  • The Book HookUp, subscription service offers customers the opportunity to periodically receive new releases of signed first edition books. All books are hand-picked by our expert staff Click Here

Union Square

➑ Books For Thespians
The Drama Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Do you have plays and/or theatre-related books collecting dust and cluttering your apartment? The Drama Book Shop offers $1-$3 cash for books Click Here
  • Amazing variety of Events 

Why We Love It:

  • Founded in 1917, the city’s best source for theatrical works — it keeps 8,000 plays in stock
  • On the main floor, patrons post casting calls and other dollops of theatrical catnip on a giant bulletin board by the entrance


➒ Most Knowledgeable Literature Staff
Three Lives & Company

The Deal:

  • Post book readings periodically Click Here
  • Ascent Today Members: Enter Code: 1234 for an additional $10.00 off
  • Savings Expiration Date: 10.14.201

Why We Love It:

  • Every single person who works there is incredibly knowledgeable and well-read and full of soul. You can walk in and ask anybody, really, what they’ve read lately and they’ll tell you something.
  • Since 1991 this gem of an indie bookstore has been thriving on discovering literary books that might otherwise be overlooked, and thrill to give them to our customers.

Boerum Hill

➓ Indie Bookstore “Packs A Punch” In Small Spaces
WORD Bookstore

The Deal:

  • Free events, book launches, and panel discussions: Click Here
  • Kids birthday parties, middle school authors, and storytimes

Why We Love It:

  • Lots of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, cute cards, and stationery.
  • Events from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks

Greenpoint and Jersey City

⓫ Independent Mini Chain

Posman Books

The Deal:

Why We Love It:

  • New York Magazine voted Posman the “Best Bookstore” in NYC
  • They earned it with a great selection of adult and children’s books, toys and games, and greeting cards.

Rockefeller Center