Parnassus Book Service

2011 Best Bookstore, Cape Cod

Owner Ben Muse’s bookshop is 56 years in the making, and it shows. Every spare inch of the space is jammed with books, from bodice rippers to obscure 19th-century naturalist finds. This is not where to go for the latest from the New York Times bestseller list—it’s where to go to lose yourself for days at a time.

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