Three Lives & Company

Three Lives & Company

West Village, New York
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    The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and AFAR Media recommend this place
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    "Favorite bookstore in all the boroughs."(4 Tips)
    Jillian K.
    "Best bookstore in NYC."(4 Tips)
    Joseph D.
    "My favorite book store!!!"(2 Tips)
    Sam K.
    "Great selection of books across a wide variety of topics"(2 Tips)
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  • Sarp E.heart icon on user image
    Sarp ErkayaJuly 1, 2015
    Yes. They still exist. An old-fashioned corner bookstore with super friendly staff. It's all about the books. Stop by even just to cruise amongst the pages.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Forget Strand (although there's no doubt they have a larger selection of books), this place is the best bookstore in the city! Quaint, extremely friendly staff, nice selection. Support this shop!
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    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍December 29, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bookstore in all the boroughs. Curated selection, always something for me to buy. Walking into Three Lives and Company is like walking back in time. Way better than Amazon, no joke!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The staff here is extremely knowledgeable. If you ask one of the sellers for a recommendation, chances are it will be original, thought-provoking and worthwhile. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The old school staff happily makes recommendations and places special orders. Ask about upcoming author readings. – Green Guide Editor
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LevisOctober 16, 2020
    Favorite Book Store. Huge collection of books with a wide variety. Prices are affordable. The staff is helpful and kind. Best store in New York. Recommended everyone to visit this place.
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    msMarch 12, 2015
    Smart and friendly staff, a wide but well-curated selection, and indelible charm. Will pay full retail prices if it means this store stays around
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsDecember 14, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Best book store in NYC with a perfectly curated - if tiny - gay and lesbian section.
  • Mafe L.heart icon on user image
    Mafe LoretoNovember 1, 2015
    Best book shop in the city hands down. The staff is unreal, just tell them the last thing you read and they will guide you to your next best find.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanSeptember 12, 2016
    They have a special section of NYC books, near the front entrance.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerSeptember 16, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    adorable little shop that always has a great selection of new releases
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SNovember 21, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Relocated to a temporary location at 238 W 10th Street for the next year. Their original location across from Julius is being renovated.
  • Jillian K.
    Jillian KurzSeptember 2, 2016
    Best bookstore in NYC. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and well read. I cant imagine buying books anywhere else. Everyone should go here.
  • Dorothy S.heart icon on user image
    Dorothy SnotAugust 10, 2018
    Fantastic little bookstore atmosphere, so nice & helpful owners
  • Luke
    LukeMay 26, 2017
    Great curation and a staff who know their stuff
  • Lauren C.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ChristopherFebruary 26, 2016
    If you want something rare, this is the place to go! Also, you can find great used books for dirt cheap!
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    jiresellJune 7, 2017
    For such a small space they have and outstanding selection of books. Take your time and browse away!
  • Kurt R.heart icon on user image
    Kurt RonnDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing people. Amazing bookstore. I would fly to NYC just fir their recommendations. #readmore
  • Jess W.
    Jess WilliamsJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing bookstore! The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly and always have great recommendations.
  • Sam K.heart icon on user image
    Sam KrasnikMay 29, 2017
    Very well curated shop. Great selection of books across a wide variety of topics
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    SSeptember 17, 2014
    Homely feel and good curation make this a very likable bookshop.
  • unlawyer
    unlawyerMay 9, 2015
    Don't let this bookstore's small size fool you! Expect friendly service and good book recommendations here.
  • Gennady B.heart icon on user image
    Gennady BarskyApril 1, 2016
    For an avid reader like me, this place was incredible. If you enjoy reading and literature, you should go to this place.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian SNovember 21, 2013
    Beautiful old bookstore. Looks like it's been a bookstore forever. All old wood w/ wooden bookshelves. Good travel guide section.
  • David L.heart icon on user image
    David LeszcynskiSeptember 13, 2016
    This is what book stores should look and feel like. Great selection!
  • Sabrina W.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina WangJuly 27, 2014
    love the feel of books and bookstore. recommended.
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesApril 19, 2015
    Beautiful store with great collection and super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Marlyn F.heart icon on user image
    Marlyn FusekovaJune 20, 2017
    Great place for fiction and non fiction, but it's its charm that I couldn't resist!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterNovember 14, 2011
    Nice neighborhood bookstore worth a visit. Super small but they have most of the standard titles you'd be looking for. Don't expect any sales or discounts though...
  • Maegan H.heart icon on user image
    Maegan HuttonOctober 29, 2015
    Tons of books! Great atmosphere with a neighborhood to match!
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanOctober 6, 2015
    Cute bookstore with a good selection of NYC specific books.
  • Cameron A.heart icon on user image
    Cameron AckroydApril 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    In a city full of fantastic independent bookstores, this one has the most character. Also, in some kind of superhuman feat, the staff almost always have read everything in stock.
  • AMACOM Books
    AMACOM BooksFebruary 16, 2012
    Find the latest, top-selling titles toward the front. Lots of fiction & various nooks and crannies for titles on travel, New York, cookbooks, LGBT, and spirituality. No cafe, but those abound nearby.
  • Naomi H.
    Naomi HaneyOctober 10, 2010
    This is a fantastic bookstore that despite it's size has a plethora of unusual titles. Wonderful travel writing/international relations section.
  • Branda
    BrandaDecember 7, 2012
    My favorite bookstore and one of my favorite places in the city in general. Please don't ever change. :)
  • Jon P.heart icon on user image
    Jon PressmanSeptember 19, 2018
    Terrific indie bookstore. Friendly staff
  • Sutian D.
    Sutian DongNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They usually have signed copies of new books. Up front by the register!
  • Ollie L.heart icon on user image
    Ollie LathamMay 22, 2016
    An absolutely absorbing masterpiece of a place
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonOctober 4, 2015
    Great bookstore that manages to feel contemporary even in the age of the kindle
  • @sloane
    @sloaneMay 14, 2011
    Great selection of book about NYC - and any other kind of book you could ever want.
  • Gianna S.heart icon on user image
    Gianna SantelliJuly 23, 2015
    Can't get more downtown adorable than this. I'm glad places like this still exist
  • Zack P.
    Zack PackerAugust 13, 2014
    Outsized inventory at this unassuming bookstore. Quaint and fancy.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 28, 2010
    For shopping or browsing, this store has both the literature and the food books I'm looking for. -Anita Lo, Top Chef Masters
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 6, 2012
    Deceptively small, but an absolutely amazing selection.
  • Rainbeau
    RainbeauJanuary 24, 2017
    Tiny but brilliant bookstore.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CarusilloAugust 10, 2010
    While I don't totally know why this is my favorite bookstore in NYC. Small and quiet.
  • Noorani S.heart icon on user image
    Noorani SukardiSeptember 30, 2013
    Favorite bookstore in all of NYC
  • Layla A.heart icon on user image
    Layla AlotaibiOctober 7, 2016
    A delightful bookshop
  • David S.
    David SmithJune 3, 2017
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    Nhật MinhJanuary 6, 2016
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