Helpful staff who will place special orders and call you when your books arrive? Check. Free gift wrapping--and the paper is actually appealing? Check. Fantastic selection of kids' books and toys, jewelry, journals and, of course, a formidable selection of fiction and nonfiction? Got it. Antigone Books is everything a bookstore should be. Be sure to do the right thing and shop local, lest your favorite bookstores disappear in the night.
2. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 6230 E. Speedway Blvd., 748-9555; 3733 W. Ina Road, 579-0303; 1930 E. Grant Road, 325-5767; www.bookmans.com
3. Book Stop, 214 N. Fourth Ave., 326-6661