Of the big dogs, Barnes & Noble is the book-lover's bookstore. Sure, this bibliophilic hot spot the Ladue Crossing B&N is our local fave offers all manner of gifty items, games and reader accoutrements, but it really works the book thing. For starters, it's often quiet like a library, with just a whisper of classical music to add to the ambiance you can really get into that Cape Cod vacation you're planning or that scorcher of a romance novel! Plus, the selection is varied but not too vast, making it refreshingly navigable and shoppable. When you add the cozy café and the fair-size magazine rack, it's sometimes difficult to leave.