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Furniture Hot Spots: The Best Furniture Stores and Websites Coast to Coast Paperback – April 1, 2005

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Furniture Hot Spots is an excellent guide to one of the most puzzling and intimidating areas of consumerism - buying furniture. Author Jennifer Litwin became a furniture expert and the result is this guide with vital information on hundreds of stores in twelve of the top USA cities for furniture shopping. Travelers will want to take this practical guide with them when they travel Coast to Coast.
-Jo Werne, Contributing Reporter, The Miami Herald

"This is a must-read for anyone ready to buy furniture. Litwin has done a great service for the American consumer."
-Bennet Bolton, National Enquirer

"When it comes to shopping for furniture, Jennifer Litwin is a great person to have on your side. Her in-depth knowledge of furniture design and construction and her zest for everything furnishings made her an ideal expert for the readers of Consumers Digest. Jennifer's diligence serves our readers well. I congratulate Jennifer on Furniture Hot Spots.

-Rich Dzierwa, Managing Editor, Consumers Digest

"A Zagat's-style guide book that rates and reviews furniture stores around the country."

-The Boston Globe

"...a coffee table book you can actually use..."--Miami Herald

About the Author

JENNIFER LITWIN is an antiques broker and the owner of JL Litwin, Ltd. in Chicago. She has an MBA degree from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, and her focus is on assisting people in finding and acquiring fine furniture. She has her own web site,, where samples of her reviews are featured including some of which has been published in Consumers Digest.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592285899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592285891
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Dearing on April 20, 2006
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I sat down with this book last night expecting to start the first of several nights of reading. I threw it aside about 15 minutes later surprised that I had reviewed every part that was relevant to me.

I think the problem lies is the nature of furniture selling. Furniture is primarily sold by local retailers, rather than big chains, so this book only has a small amount of relevant information for any single individual.

I live in Boston, so I'm not interested in the best places to buy in Atlanta or Washington DC, and what was included for me was a pretty small sample. I was surprised that none of the major local stores were there, like Jordan's Furniture and Bernie and Phyl's. Even some of the national chains were not mentioned, like Thomasville and La-Z-Boy.

These are the places where my family and friends actually buy furniture. I assume they were eliminated because of space, which underscores the key problem here. She's trying to cover so many regions that none get covered very deeply at all.

I don't have a problem with the information that is included (hence the two stars rather than one). The author clearly put a lot of effort into compiling all this. I just think the main idea behind the book was flawed from the outset. I wasn't expecting the book to be comprehensive. It's just that there simply isn't very much useful information in it for me, and that therefore doesn't make this book very valuable to me.

I think this is ideal material to be covered by a local newspaper or magazine.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By applebaum8 on May 22, 2006
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The Washington, DC section is only 14 pages which is short considering only 1 store is on each page and she omitted suburban MD and VA. In the intro she mentions that Bethesda and Alexandria are just a short distance away, but she doesn't list any stores. The big furniture stores are only found in MD and VA, not within DC.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By emily on August 8, 2005
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This is an essential guide for anyone who wants to furnish their dream home but has no idea where to start. Not only is the book practical and useful, it is entertaining because of the anecdotes based on Litwin's own furniture buying experiences that are interspersed throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever left a furniture store feeling like they could have gotten something better.
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