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!
Whenever I travel I immediately look for any indie bookstores nearby to shop in. I like the write-ups and the wide variety of bookstores. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C Love
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 8 months 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 9 months 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 11 months ago by mrs. hand
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 18 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 19 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 23 months ago by Z Hayes