Brazos Bookstore

2421 Bissonnet St | Houston, TX 77005

The simple, gallery-like digs with gray carpet and white walls, offer lots of sunlight for title browsing and a couple of wooden rockers for page perusing, but don't expect coffee or croissants. Although it specializes in texts on art, photography and history, there's a collection of books on every other erudite humanities subject. This is the intellectual bibliophile's bookstore and has been since 1974.

Ask the staff if you can't find something and they'll try to locate it or order it for you.

Brazos hosts reading series as often as three times a week. Featured famous writers have included Jimmy Carter and Larry McMurtry, plus rising stars Vikram Chandra and Gail Storey. Arrive early to meet the authors.

Brazos also hosts marathon readings of canonical literature and book discussions by University of Houston and Rice professors.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5:00 p.m.