The very carefully curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, local interest, cookbooks, and children’s books at Downbound Books is housed in a single room that, judging by the old sign outside, used to be a neighborhood café in Cincinnati’s Northside.
There are exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, spots to sit in several sunny windows, and nearly floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with so many wonderful selections that I easily found a dozen or so I would’ve liked to take home. Plus cards, puzzles, and a few gifty things made by local craftspeople.
This one is slightly off the beaten path, but we definitely recommend seeking it out if you’re in the area. It’s well worth a visit.
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“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”
“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”
“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books … birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them!”
Elizabeth von Arnim
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
“The art of reading is … an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us; when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“When I … looked round at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might read or dream or idle exactly as I chose with never a creature to disturb me, how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that has brought me here and given me a heart to understand my own blessedness.”
Elizabeth von Arnim