This is more than just a celebration, more than just a compendium of bookstore kudos. This is like each of your favorite writers (84 of them!) penning a love letter to their favorite bookstore. Names you may recognize include Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Lisa See, and Simon Winchester. Editor Rice, a publishing professional, has recruited new pieces that illuminate the quirks and many intangibles that make a great bookstore. From the owner who will trek across town to help out at a library signing, to the fierceness with which some owners protect their customers' privacy, to the overall comfort of stepping into a world that you just know is full of compatriots, the beautiful stories in these pages tell of those things that make any neighborhood bookstore great.
VERDICT: There are other collections that focus on bookstores... but this one is a personal peek into the hearts of the contributing writers as well as into the bookstores they love. Sure to please any bibliophile, even if borrowed from the library!
My love affair with bookstores began when I was about eight years old.
It goes without saying that learning more about authors you've always been fond of, being able to get a closer look at the person behind the writer, is a real treat.
I have been savoring this book for a few weeks now; I pull it out to read when I just need something quick to read as each story is only a couple pages long.
I love this book! It gave me a glimpse into bookstores that I will never be able to travel to, but am glad to know are still there. It also gave me new authors to read.Published 11 days ago by Marguerite Manor
It's not the kind of book you read in its entirety. I leave it out and pick it up from time to time to read an excerpt or two. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole I. Crandall
I love books and bookstores but after the first handful of chapters I was soooooo bored. Pretty much every author says the same thing about their favorite bookstore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan Tsang
Overall I really liked it and found it interesting so I'll give it four stars.
I could have done without Chuck Palahniuk's entree-ew. Read more
Both my husband and I are avid readers. When planning a vacation the first thing we look for is used book stores in the area. Never leave home without our 'wish list'. Read morePublished 10 months ago by molly
As a book lover, one of my favorite things is to roam around in a bookstore. It doesn't matter if I don't find a book to buy (like that would ever happen), I could spend hours just... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Vicki
My love affair with bookstores began when I was about eight years old. I accompanied my mother to a used bookstore to browse and I remember spying an old copy of one of the Nancy... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Z Hayes
Good grief. It's so depressing. It's so infuriating. Here's a published author - another one - whose life'
s work is words -- language. Read more
You would think that getting over 80 writers to set down just a few hundred words apiece on what distinguishes a bookstore as their “favorite” would be harder than herding cats. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bookreporter