Paradox Books

This eclectic used bookstore is actually the oldest used bookstore in West Virginia. It was opened by Tom Stobart 40 years ago when he was a 20-year-old playwright. As you walk up the few steps to the small store, you’ll notice that he stocks a bookshelf built into the wall right outside. There is a sign posted with wording to the effect that anyone needing a book may take one and pay later, exchange a book for a book, or just take a book with no payment if you are in dire circumstances but with a desire to read. There is also a sign stating the store’s hours, which in a witty almost poetic way conveys the simple fact that they can change like the wind. Tom is there every day, and you may enter with the hope of finding something vaguely particular but those hopes will soon be replaced by the ecstasy of finding unsought jewels and new wonders that you never knew existed.

ADDRESS: 2228 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

PHONE: 304-639-3932

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