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84, Charing Cross Road
84, Charing Cross Road
"It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty love affair."
ABC for Book Collectors
ABC for Book Collectors
"This seventh edition of John Carter's classic text contains in-depth descriptions of every aspect of antique and modern book collecting from A to Z."
Antique Trader Book Collector's Price Guide
Antique Trader Book Collector's Price Guide
"A book scout since 1973, Richard Russell has immersed himself in second-hand books ever since 1957, when his grandfather took him to a used bookstore on Melrose Avenue in Los-Angeles."
Art of the Bookstore, The: The Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M Smith
Art of the Bookstore, The: The Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M Smith
"The Art of the Bookstore is romantic, poetic, charismatic, and enduring, and independent booksellers around the world thrive on creating this unique culture and ambiance. In this lavish limited-edition gift, the words of many of these booksellers are paired with 40 bookstore paintings chronicling the passion and respect for books, booksellers, and the publishing industry."
Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Novels)
Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Novels)
"First in the series. Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway is an avid collector of rare and first editions and opens a small bookshop. But when prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now his life is about to start a precarious new chapter as he attempts to find out who's dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains."
Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books
Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books
"An experienced insider in antiquarian book markets offers advice on finding, buying, and selling used and rare books, and provides an index of more than one thousand of the "most collectible" books and authors."
Bookmarks
Bookmarks
"Would you read over 500 book reviews a month? The staff at Bookmarks do, and we distill the results into each issue of the magazine. Our readers enjoy summaries of hundreds of opinions from every major newspaper and magazine for a comprehensive look at the latest fiction, nonfiction, and children's books."
Books: A Memoir
Books: A Memoir
"McMurtry writes about his endless passion for books: as a boy growing up in a largely "bookless" world; as a young man devouring the vastness of literature with astonishing energy; as a fledgling writer and family man; and above all, as one of America's most prominent bookmen."
The Bookshop
The Bookshop
"In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers."
The Care of Fine Books
The Care of Fine Books
"Here is a concise, eminently readable handbook on how to care for any book of value. For collectors, librarians, and curators it represents an elegant summation of their responsibilities and techniques. Included is thorough advice on the storage and handling of books, securing a collection against fire, flood, theft, or other mishap, and elementary cleaning and repair."
Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values, 4th Edition
Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values, 4th Edition
"Includes identification information and estimated prices for over 20,000 collected books in all categories. Sections on book collecting, publishers' methods for first-edition identification, comprehensive bibliography of bibliographies, and more."
Death on Demand (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 1)
Death on Demand (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 1)
"First in the series. At Annie Laurance's Death On Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder most foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen."
Ex-Libris
Ex-Libris
"Isaac Inchbold, the asthmatic proprietor of Nonsuch Books on London Bridge, is an unassuming hero, drawn into a dangerous game of duplicity and intrigue when he is asked to track down an elusive manuscript in the summer of 1660. Ross King has created a literary historical thriller in the vein of The Name of the Rose."
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
"First in the series. Penelope Thornton-McClure manages a haunted Rhode Island bookshop. When a bestselling author drops dead signing books, the first clue of foul play comes from the store's full-time ghost-a PI murdered on the very spot more than fifty years ago. Is he a figment of Pen's overactive imagination? Or is the likable, fedora-wearing specter the only hope Pen has to solve the crime?"
Hide in Plain Sight
Hide in Plain Sight
"It's been five years, and Fiona Kennedy's missing husband finally has been declared legally dead. Ironically, not one but two handsome men come into her antiquarian bookshop that day--a blond with a German accent and a tall, dark man wearing a WWII fighter pilot jacket. Little does Fiona know that the blond is a cold-blooded killer."
The Love Letter: A Novel
The Love Letter: A Novel
"Independent, irresistible Helen MacFarquhar is the owner of a bookstore in an idyllic seaside town in New England. A happily divorced mother who enjoys a playful relationship with her customers, Helen's life is turned upside down when an anonymous letter arrives, penned by an unknown lover."
Modern Book Collecting: A Basic Guide to All Aspects of Book Collecting: What to Collect, Who to Buy from, Auctions, Bibliographies, Care, Fakes and ... Investments, Donations, Definitions, and More
Modern Book Collecting: A Basic Guide to All Aspects of Book Collecting: What to Collect, Who to Buy from, Auctions, Bibliographies, Care, Fakes and ... Investments, Donations, Definitions, and More
"Modern Book Collecting offers advice that answers all the basic questions a book lover and collector might have—what to collect and where to find it, how to tell a first edition from a reprint, how to build an author collection, how to get the best price from dealers, how to understand the prices and rarity of books, and more."
Murder Between the Covers (Dead-End Job Mysteries, Book 2)
Murder Between the Covers (Dead-End Job Mysteries, Book 2)
"Helen has a new job "off the books" at Page Turners bookstore in Fort Lauderdale...until the owner is murdered. But since the arrogant Page Turner III had so many enemies, Helen will have to read between the lines to uncover the truth about a clever killer."
Murder Is Binding
Murder Is Binding
"First in the series. The charming picturesque setting of Stoneham, N.H. boasts a newly renovated main street devoted to a variety of bookstores. When Tricia Miles—mystery bookstore proprietor and city refugee discovers her unpleasant cookbook store neighbor stabbed to death and a rare book missing, Tricia soon finds herself under the sheriff's surveillance and dubbed the village jinx."
Murder on the Eiffel Tower: A Victor Legris Mystery (Victor Legris Mysteries)
Murder on the Eiffel Tower: A Victor Legris Mystery (Victor Legris Mysteries)
"1st in a series. The brand-new, shiny Eiffel Tower is the pride and glory of the 1889 World Exposition. A woman collapses and dies from an apparent bee sting. Enter young bookseller Victor Legris to solve the mystery."
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
"This anthology features essays by 84 writers waxing passionate about their favorite independent bookstores and about the importance of supporting and nurturing these bricks-and-mortar purveyors in an increasingly electronic age."
A Novel Bookstore
A Novel Bookstore
"The founding of a unique Paris bookstore triggers jealousies and threats in Cossé's intriguing follow-up to The Corner of the Veil (1999). Former comic-book seller Ivan "Van" Georg and stylish Francesca Aldo-Valbelli team to establish the Good Novel, a bookshop that will stock only masterpieces in fiction, which are selected by a secret committee of writers."
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
"Successful antiquarian book dealers Rostenberg and Stern, show how a passion for great literature can make for fast friends. From identifying some of Louisa May Alcott's previously anonymous early writings to traveling the world in search of rare volumes and pamphlets, they have done and seen it all - and forged a personal union that has lasted more than 60 years."
Q's Legacy
Q's Legacy
"In this wonderful book Helen Hanff describes the book trail that led her to 84, Charing Cross Road and its aftermath. She talks about writing the book, play and tv screenplay; her trip to England and even her fan mail."
The Secret of Lost Things
The Secret of Lost Things
"Rosemary arrives in NYC from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries."
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company
"Shakespeare and Company evokes the zeitgeist of an era through its revealing glimpses of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Andre Gide, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, D. H. Lawrence, and others already famous or soon to be."
Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Book store
Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Book store
"To fill the time as she recovered from cancer treatment, Strempek Shea volunteered at an independent bookstore in Springfield, MA. At first, Shea felt like a spy as she observed customers in constant discovery of books. Despite the bleak reason for her new job, she embraced it with delight and here recounts her sojourn at Edwards Books with humor and passion."
Strangled Prose: A Claire Malloy Mystery (Claire Malloy Mysteries Book 1)
Strangled Prose: A Claire Malloy Mystery (Claire Malloy Mysteries Book 1)
"First in the series. Professor of Passion, the smutty new romance from Mildred Twiller--a.k.a. Azalea Twilight--isn't the kind of book Claire Mallow likes to hock at her bookstore, but Claire agrees to host a book party for her friend's trashy tale. After the party, poor Mildred is found dead in her home. Now it's up to Clair to find Mildred's killer."
Tea in the Library
Tea in the Library
"Fulfilling the dream of many a book-lover, Annette Freeman bravely stepped outside her mid-life comfort zone and opened a bookshop café in the heart of Sydney. Tea In The Library became a beloved haven of readers and a cozy forum for writers. Plus a great place for coffee – and nineteen varieties of tea."
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
"There are two heroines here: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young woman who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has been confounding her biographers and fans for years by giving everybody a different version of her life. She asks Margaret to tell her story and that is where this fascinating tale takes off."
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co.
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co.
"Wandering through Paris's Left Bank one day, poor and unemployed, Canadian reporter Jeremy Mercer ducked into a little bookstore called Shakespeare & Co. Mercer bought a book, and the staff invited him up for tea. Within weeks, he was living above the store and immersing himself in the love affairs and low-down watering holes of the shop's makeshift staff."
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
"The Goldstones relate how they revived their life together and discovered the wonders of old books. Along the way we learn about the lore and minutiae of old books and get the insider's view of the arcane ways experts identify a first edition and decide what makes a book valuable. Readers also meet intriguing book sellers and collectors and others who inhabit the world of books."
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History
"For Buzbee, a former bookseller and publishing rep, time spent in a bookstore is nothing short of sublime. "Standing in the middle of this confluence, I can't help but feel the possibility of the universe unfolding a little, once upon a time," he writes in the opening chapter of this slim, luminous volume. Buzbee manages just the right mix of history lesson and personal recollection."