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Title:My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
Authors:Ronald Rice
Info:Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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A bit repetitive, but it's got heart. Comics content is Jeff Smith and Lisa Brown, and Washington, DC's Politics & Prose bookstore is featured. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
This includes about 80 essays by writers on their favorite independent bookstores. Great reading if one of your favorite places on earth is a bookstore. ( )
  clue | Nov 11, 2013 |
a charming book about bookstores! made me want to visit them all! ( )
  amanaceerdh | Mar 27, 2013 |
"My Bookstore" by Ronald Rice is a compilation of essays by authors writing about their favorite bookstores. I skimmed the book because I wasn’t interested in everyone who contributed essays. I read the ones from authors I knew and the essays that featured bookstores that I have visited or would want to visit. This is the perfect book to skim without feeling guilty. You don’t have to read every single page to enjoy some books, and this is one of them. ( )
  BBleil | Jan 19, 2013 |
Whenever I travel to another city (I live in Denver) I always seek out a local bookstore. They are a great place to spend time and pick up books that I am unfamiliar with. If the store is unique in some way, this makes shopping there that much more enjoyable. I especially enjoy bookstores that have a localized special section such as, nautical books if they are by the ocean; Southern writing from any of the great bookstores in the south like Square books in Oxford MS. or in the case of another country, history or historical fiction for that location. It is wonderful that we have the selection of bookstores here in the USA and that the price of books is not as expensive as they are in England, Hong Kong, and Australia. 95% of the books I read are non-digital; I truly enjoy holding a physical book over one on my Kindle. There were two areas in this book I had trouble with.
1. A number of the authors went to great lengths to explain how wonderful these bookstores were in accommodating them for their needs and especially during readings they held at said bookstore. While this is nice to know, and great for them, most of us will never be in that position, and are not treated as they are, at a bookstore, whether it is one we frequent regularly or not.
2. I fully understand that these bookstores have a lot at stake and that Amazon is the ultimate bad guy, but can we be honest here. Most people have a finite amount of money we can spend on books and at my independent bookstore The Tattered Cover in Denver; the books are NEVER on sale. There is no membership discount like at Barnes and Noble, and quite frankly they seldom if ever have the book I want in stock. Of the 8 books I currently have in my shopping cart with Amazon, none of them are in stock at The Tattered Cover. So if I am to follow the preaching of the contributors of this book, I should order the books I want from my independent bookstore, wait for them to come in and pay full retail price for the experience. For me this is not realistic. I do go to The Tattered Cover at least twice a month, but more often than not leave frustrated that the only books there are; The New York Times top 40, or the most recent edition of an author's book, or multiple books from any author (James Patterson, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Janet Evonovich, and Sue Grafton) who pumps out one book or more per year. Another all-time favorite is any book by a known liberal, be it a celebrity or politician. These are not the books I want to read.
My bookstore needs more in-store recommendations, more selection and deeper choices from authors from big publishing houses to small press, they might also benefit from having an area highlighting recommendations from other independent bookstores around the country, These are just some of the things my bookstore could do if they want me to continue to buy from them rather than from Amazon, where I get 2 day free shipping and a discount on every book I order. ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 4, 2013 |
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Martha Ackmann : The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Isabel Allende : Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Rick Atkinson : Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.
Wendell Berry : Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
Jeanne Birdsall : Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
Rick Bragg : The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL
Charles Brandt : Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, ID
Douglas Brinkley : BookPeople, Austin, TX
Liam Callanan : Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
Ron Carlson : Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
Kate Christensen : Word, Brooklyn, NY
Carmela Ciuraru : The Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Meg Waite Clayton : Books Inc., Palo Alto, CA
Jon Clinch : Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT
Mick Cochrane : Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NY
Ron Currie, Jr. : Longfellow Books, Portland, ME
Angela Davis-Gardner : Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC
Ivan Doig : University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Laurent Dubois : The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Timothy Egan : The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Dave Eggers : Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Louise Erdrich : Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN
Jonathan Evison : Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
Kathleen Finneran : Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO
Fannie Flagg : Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
Ian Frazier : Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ
Mindy Friddle : Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
David Fulmer : Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. : Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
Peter Geye : Micawber's, St. Paul, MN
Albert Goldbarth : Watermark Books and Cafe?, Wichita, KS
John Grisham : That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, AR
Pete Hamill : Strand Book Store, New York, NY
Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown : The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
Elin Hilderbrand : Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MA
Ann Hood : Island Books, Middletown, RI
Pico Iyer : Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Ward Just : Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MA
Lesley Kagen : Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
Stephanie Kallos : Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
Larry Kane : Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
Laurie R. King : Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Katrina Kittle : Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
Scott Lasser : Explore Booksellers, Aspen, CO
Ann Haywood Leal : Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
Caroline Leavitt : McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY
Mike Leonard : The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL
Robert N. Macomber : The Muse Book Shop, DeLand, FL
Jill McCorkle : Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Mameve Medwed : Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Wendell and Florence Minor : The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
Barry Moser : Lemuria, Jackson, MS
Howard Frank Mosher : Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
Arthur Nersesian : St. Mark's Bookshop, New York, NY
Kate Niles : Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
Ann Packer : The Capitola Book Cafe?, Capitola, CA
Chuck Palahniuk : Powell's City of Books, Portland, OR
Ann Patchett : McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
Edith Pearlman : Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
Jack Pendarvis : Square Books, Oxford, MS
Francine Prose : Strand Book Store, New York, NY
Ron Rash : City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
Tom Robbins : Village Books, Bellingham, WA
Adam Ross : Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
Carrie Ryan : Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
Lisa See : Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Brian Selznick : Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
Mahbod Seraji : Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA
Nancy Shaw : Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Jeff Smith : The Book Loft of German Village, Columbus, OH
Lee Smith : Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NC
Les Standiford : Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Nancy Thayer : Mitchell's Book Corner, Nantucket, MA
Michael Tisserand : Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
Luis Alberto Urrea : Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL
Abraham Verghese : Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
Audrey Vernick : BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ
Matt Weiland : Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Stephen White : Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
Joan Wickersham : The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH
Terry Tempest Williams : The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Simon Winchester : The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
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In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookstores and booksellers, 84 well-known writers pay tribute to the bricks-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 is 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.
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In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookstores and booksellers, 84 well-known writers pay tribute to the bricks-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second home. Writers include: Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Rick Bragg, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Fannie Flagg, Ian Frazier, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Grisham, Pete Hamill, Ann Hood, Stephanie Kallos, Laurie R. King, Kate Niles, Ann Packer, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Patchett, Francine Prose, Tom Robbins, Lisa See, Brian Selznick, Lee Smith, Nancy Thayer, Terry Tempest Williams and more.… (more)

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