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Unchained success

Independent bookstores holding up vs. big rivals

Amanda Springmuller, 18 months, talked about a book with her father, Daniel, at Brookline Booksmith. Amanda Springmuller, 18 months, talked about a book with her father, Daniel, at Brookline Booksmith. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By Irene Sege
Globe Staff / April 2, 2009

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BROOKLINE - Signs on the doors of two Coolidge Corner bookstores told a tale challenging the conventional wisdom. The one at Barnes & Noble said "Closed." The one on the independent Brookline Booksmith welcomed the chain's customers and solicited their suggestions. Now, three months after Barnes & Noble departed, Booksmith savors modest growth in the midst of a recession that's ... (Full article: 1184 words)

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