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About Us


Wonny the tuxedo cat sitting atop the register counter

Formerly known as Chop Suey Books, Shelf Life Books is the largest independent bookstore in Richmond, VA. Our shop has been serving the Richmond community for over two decades. Located in the heart of Richmond’s Carytown district and owned by Chris and Berkley McDaniel, the store is staffed by long-time patrons and is a hub for local authors and book lovers alike.

We’ve got new books on our lower level and five rooms of used books upstairs, with Wonny (our 17-year-old tuxedo cat) wandering in, out, and around his kingdom. Come visit us Monday through Friday 12PM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM, and Sunday 12PM-5PM <3