In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.
In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works.My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.Contributing Authors and Bookstores Include:Fannie Flagg?Page & Palette, Fairhope, ALRick Bragg?Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, ALJohn Grisham?That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, ARRon Carlson?Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZAnn Packer?Capitola Book CafÃ©, Capitola, CAIsabel Allende?Book Passage, Corte Madera, CAMahbod Seraji?Kepler?s Books, Menlo Park, CALisa See?Vroman?s Bookstore, Pasadena, CAMeg Waite Clayton?Books Inc., San Francisco, CADaniel Handler and Lisa Brown?The Booksmith, San Francisco, CADave Eggers?Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CAPico Iyer?Chaucer?s Books, Santa Barbara, CALaurie R. King?Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CAScott Lasser?Explore Booksellers, Aspen, COStephen White?Tattered Cover Book Store, Devner, COKate Niles?Maria?s Bookshop, Durango, COAnn Haywood Leal?Bank Square Books, Mystic, CTFlorence and Wendell Minor?The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CTRick Atkinson?Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DCLes Standiford?Books & Books, Coral Gables, FLRobert Macomber?The Muse Book Shop, Deland, FLDavid Fulmer?Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GAAbraham Verghese?Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IACharlie Brandt?Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, IDLuis Alberto Urrea?Anderson?s Bookshops, Naperville, ILMike Leonard?The Book Stall Chestnut Court, Winnetka, ILAlbert Goldbarth?Watermark Books, Wichita, KSWendell Berry?Carmichael?s Bookstore, Louisville, KYEdith Pearlman?Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MAMameve Medwed?Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MAHenry Louis Gates, Jr.?Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MASimon Winchester?The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MANancy Thayer?Mitchell?s Book Corner, Nantucket, MAElin Hilderbrand?Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MAJeanne Birdsall?Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MAMartha Ackmann?Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MAWard Just?Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MARon Currie, Jr.?Longfellow Books, Portland, MENancy Shaw?Nicola?s Books, Ann Arbor, MIKatrina Kittle?Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MIAnn Patchett?Mclean & Eakin Booksellers, Petotskey, MIKathleen Finneran?Left Bank Books, St.Louis, MOBarry Moser?Lemuria Books, Jackson, MSJill McCorkle?Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NCCarrie Ryan?Park Road Books, Charlotte NCLaurent Dubois?The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NCLee Smith?Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NCAngela Davis-Gardner?Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NCRon Rash?City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina Georgeâs The Little Paris Bookshop.
Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passionâ¦ and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.
Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile â a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.Â
From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers thereâs plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place thatâs beginning to feel like homeâ¦ a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
My name is Gemma Bradbury, and Iâve spent most of my life trying to be what everyone else expects me to be. The problem with living my life for other people is that I never figured out who I really am.
But then I stumbledâquite literallyâinto a new life in Salem, and everything changed. In less than an hour, I was tangled up in the suspicious death of an elderly shop owner, realized my cat can talk, andâhere's the kickerâfound out Iâm a witch.
I also found out I was stuck in Salem.
But when I secured a job and a place to live, and the Coven assigned me a magical tutorâthe drop-dead gorgeous Professor Beauregard Bacchusâ things started to look up.
All I have to do now is learn to navigate a new town full of witches, vampires and shifters, manage a magic shop, pass my first wand exam, and keep my growing affection for Professor Beau a secret.
Oh, and find the shop ownerâs real killer before the townâs bumbling moose-shifter deputy tosses me in jail for murder.
Guess my life isnât so basic anymore.
Note: This book contains lighthearted humor and recipes and is free of swearing, graphic violence, and sex.
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