Read Books is, first and foremost, a used bookstore. What most people don't realize is that it has a treasure trove of old-time radio shows available on CD. The shop sells everything from sci-fi (X Minus One) and mysteries (The Mystery Train) to noir, crime shows (The Whisperer) and comedies (The Jack Benny Show). Most of the shows date from the 1930s to the '50s, but there are outliers as recent as the '70s as well. The collection of hundreds of CDs was acquired by the store a few years ago from a deceased collector, and most of them are still sealed in their original packaging. For now, the collection is rather hush-hush, wedged in a basket in the back of the store where only the most inquisitive customers might find them. But the store has plans to expand this worthy seed collection and give the old shows a proper location of their own.
Credit: Jessica Schiewe