in alphabetical order based on town, each with a one line blurb - please make suggestions for ones I've missed.
  1. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
    Boston. Great full service restaurant AND bar in addition to the full bookstore.
  2. Make Way for Ducklings
    Boston. Same owners as the Curious George store, but this time in Faniuel Hall.
  3. Brookline Booksmith
    Brookline. A staple in Coolidge Corner.
  4. Porter Square Books
    Camridge. Author events almost every night.
  5. Harvard Book Store
    Cambridge. Just outside the square across from campus.
  6. The Curious George Book Store
    Cambridge. Greatest location ever in the center of the square.
  7. The Concord Bookshop
    Concord. Best smelling book store I've ever been to.
  8. Blue Bunny Books
    Dedham. Run by the fabulous author/illustrator twin brothers Paul and Peter H. Reynolds.
  9. Jabberwocky Bookshop
    Newburyport. Awesome space in an old mill.
  10. Newtonville Books
    Newton. Not actually in Newtonville any more.
  11. New England Mobile Book Fair
    Newton. Coolest warehouse-style book store.
  12. An Unlikely Story
    Plainville. Amazing three story building created by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney.
  13. Wellesley Books
    Wellesley. Don't miss he used books section downstairs.
  14. Book Ends
    Winchester. Right on the corner in the heart of downtown.
  15. Papercuts
    Opened in Jamaica Plain last year!
    Suggested by @sa
  16. Brattle Bookstore in downtown Boston, founded in 1825, a real cultural landmark.
    Suggested by @BillNovak
  17. Andover Bookstore in Andover
    Suggested by @mpknowles85