Summer vacation to many of us means nothing more than curling up with a good book. But even vacationers on the go--whether backpacking, bird-watching, or exploring Civil War sites--can double their fun with a good book about their special interests.

Here is a sampling of area specialty bookstores to enhance your summer, but the list should be useful 52 weeks a year.


Books for Cooks (301 S. Light St., in Baltimore's Harbor Place).

Cookbook Store in Georgetown Park (3222 M St., No. 123).

Maryland Book Exchange (4500 College Ave., College Park).

Art and Craft Books

Franz Bader, a thoughtful selection of books on art, crafts, photography and graphics (2001 I St. NW).

The Black Cocker, stocks 2,000 antique references (911 N. Quincy St., Arlington).

Bookworks, Washington Project for the Arts' new store carries artists' books and publications on contemporary and experimental art (400 7th St. NW).

Recollections, in a folksier vein, carries quilting books and equipment (10400 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda).

The Unicorn, stocks over 4,000 titles on weaving, spinning, dyeing, needlework, woodworking, stained glass, jewelry making, ceramics, lacemaking and other crafts (12180 Nebel St., Rockville).

Religious Books

Abe's Jewish Bookstore (11250 Georgia Ave., Wheaton).

William Gallery's, Catholic (11272 Georgia Ave., Wheaton).

Goodman's Hebrew Book & Gift Shop (2305 University Blvd. West, Wheaton).

Newman Bookstore, Catholic books (3329 8th St. NE).

Pursell's, Protestant (807 G St. NW).

Yes! Bookstore in Georgetown, especially for books on Eastern religions (1035 31st St. NW).

Other religious bookstores can be found in the yellow pages under Book Dealers, Retail.

Alternative Culture, Holistic, Self-Help

Avant Garde Bookstore, focuses on astrology, tarot, numerology, palmistry and the like (26 W. Susquehanna Ave., Towson).

Beautiful Day (5010 Berwyn Rd., College Park).

Bethesda Co-op (4949 Bethesda Ave.).

Cricket Book Shop, also stocks books on raising things like grain and livestock (17800 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton).

Yes! in Georgetown.

Comics and Related Memorabilia

Barbarian Book Shop, comics, science-fiction and fantasy, mostly used (11254 Triangle Lane, Wheaton).

Blue Beetle, comics and baseball, etc., cards (3239 Brinkley Rd., Oxon Hill).

Book and Comic (8330-A Richmond Hwy., Alexandria).

Book Niche (2008 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria).

Doug's Books and Things (13943 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge).

Geppi's, comics, science-fiction and fantasy (8305 Fenton St., Silver Spring and 1765 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Crystal City).

Joe's Books and Things (8452 Centreville Rd., Manassas Park).

Kendall's Comics and Posters (802 H St. NW).

Science Fiction and Comic Book Shop, comics, fanzines, science-fiction and posters (6854 Lee Hwy., Arlington).

Mysteries, Science-Fiction, Fantasy

Chaos Unlimited, used science-fiction books (3809 McKinley St. NW).

Dream Wizards, science-fiction, fantasy, magic, sleight-of-hand and special-effects books and equipment (84 Halpine Ct., Rockville).

Hole in the Wall, carries both new and used science-fiction, mysteries, comics and pulp magazines (905 W. Broad St., Falls Church).

Moonstone, specializes in current science-fiction (75 per cent of its stock) and mysteries (2145 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

Professional, Scholarly, Technical

Bookmaster, a book-buying service for medical, dental and nursing books (911 Schindler Dr., Silver Spring).

Common Concerns, current and hard-to-find books, periodicals, pamphlets, etc., on current issues (1347 Connecticut Ave. NW).

Q.M. Dabney & Co., old military history and law books, among others (11910 Parklawn Dr., at Randolph Road, Rockville).

John Gach Bookservice, rare and out-of-print psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis titles (5620 Waterloo Rd., Columbia).

Sidney Kramer Books, economics and the social sciences (1722 H St. NW).

Lerner Law Books, carries you-know-what (53 E St. NW).

National Capital Historical Sales, military books and costumes (7904 "F" Yarnwood Ct., Springfield.).

Old Hickory Bookshop sells old, rare medical books, by appointment only (Brinklow, Md.).

Professional Book Center sells a limited selection of recent scientific, technical and scholarly titles at 40 percent discount, weekend hours only (228 S. Washington St., Alexandria).

Pyramid Bookstore focuses on books about people of African descent (2849 Georgia Ave. NW).

Reiter's Student Book Company carries many scientific, medical, technical and humanities titles (2120 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

Salt of the Earth Bookstore carries Third World and communist books (1762 Columbia Rd. NW).

Ujamaa Bookstore sells books by African writers (902 Florida Ave. NW.)

Zullo & Van Sickle specializes in Civil War books, pamphlets, photos, letters, maps, and diaries (12137 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg).

And, of course, bookstores associated with local universities (particularly the Maryland Book Exchange 4500 College Ave., College Park) generally carry a good selection of high-brow titles.


Aladdin International, especially books for learning foreign languages, including English (1327-K Rockville Pike and Crystal City Underground).

Editorial El Mundo, Spanish titles only (1796 Columbia Rd. NW).

Globe Book Shop (1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

International Learning Center (1715 Connecticut Ave. NW).

Modern Language (3160 O St. NW).

Victor Kamkin Bookstore Russian books (12229 Parklawn Dr., Rockville).

Specialty Shops

Audubon Book Shop carries an incredible collection of natural history books ("Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa" is a bestseller) plus three dozen kinds of bird feeders and records of bird and insect calls (1621 Wisconsin Ave. NW.)

Backstage, Inc. specializes in plays, scripts, and books on the theater, film, opera and dance (2101 P St. NW).

Calliope, specializes in literature, the classics (3424 Connecticut Ave., NW).

Folger Shakespeare Bookstore peddles Shakespearean and Renaissance art and literature (201 East Capitol St. SE).

From Out of the Past specializes in old magazines, books, memorabilia and nostalgia items (6440 Richmond Highway, Alexandria).

Government Printing Office Bookstores carry useful books, booklets, maps and charts and some super posters but their prices are skyrocketing (main outlet, 710 North Capitol St. NW).

Ian's Hypnotism Bookstore has books on hypnotism, self-hypnotism and family therapy (3000 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 308).

Lambda Rising serves the gay and lesbian community (2012 S St. NW).

Lammas sells books by and about women (321 Seventh St. SE).

The Map Store packs a great selection of maps, atlases, globes and travel guides into a small space (1636 I St. NW, near Connecticut Avenue).

National Geographic Society displays excellent maps, charts, atlases, reference books, records and cassettes--from Songs of the Civil War to the Music of Tonga (1146 17th St. NW, Explorers Hall).

Preservation Shop emphasizes historical preservation and architectural history titles (1600 H St. NW).

Antiquarian Books

If the love of your life is more interested in the original edition of "Portrait of a Lady" than in "Jane Fonda's Workout Book," check out the classier second-hand bookstores, which are listed in the yellow pages under Book Dealers, Used and Rare.