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Bookshops : a reader's history (edition 2017)

by Jorge Carrión (Author), Peter R. Bush (Translator.), Jeffrey Fisher (Cover designer), Emily Donaldson (Editor)

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Title:Bookshops : a reader's history
Authors:Jorge Carrión (Author)
Other authors:Peter R. Bush (Translator.), Jeffrey Fisher (Cover designer), Emily Donaldson (Editor)
Info:Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, 2017.
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:'library book', books about books, libraries, bookshops, international, history, Jorge Carrion, Biblioasis, reading, travel, book displays, nonfiction

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This is a far-ranging book about books, particularly bookshops. There is a vast variety to bookstores, and Carrion has uncovered many of them. This is a personable worldwide travel to discovering books, beginning in Guatemala City and reaching to San Francisco, Merida (Venezuela), Istanbul, Montevideo, Paris, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, Naples, London, Mallorca and may other places. The bak was published in Barcelona. ( )
  vpfluke | Jul 11, 2019 |
Most booklovers can probably isolate a moment from childhood or adolescence when a bookstore played a transformative role in their life. Jorge Carrión has taken that moment and turned it into a lifelong obsession, visiting bookstores on every continent where they exist and exhaustively researching the history of bookstores in general and some of the most famous and influential in particular. Carrión’s volume combines travel, history, and anecdotal recounting of encounters with bookstores and the singularly devoted, similarly obsessed and sometimes eccentric personalities who devote their lives to the retail trade in books. Much of Carrión’s book is structured this way: he takes us to a location (Cuba, England, Lisbon, Sydney, Tangiers), provides a selectively detailed glimpse into the region’s book culture, with specific reference to the people and bookstores that inspired and contributed to it, and then situates himself in the midst of it all. It is an effective narrative strategy, one that allows him to display his sweeping erudition on his subject while at the same time indulging his passion for the bookstore as a cultural institution. Carrión’s discussion includes informative sections on the bookstore as a symbol of political resistance, bookstores of striking longevity, and bookstores as paradigms of architectural beauty and innovation. Bookshops: A Reader’s History is crammed with enlightening and surprising nuggets from the long history of book production, book selling, and book owning. But, facts and figures aside, the impetus for the volume is without a doubt the author’s love of books and the establishments that stock and sell them. And though he does not trouble to disguise his affection for the crowded shelves, worn floorboards and chance encounters with bibliographic treasures that the independent bookstore can offer—and though he is not above mourning the loss of many of these and the uncertain future that awaits those that remain—he is prepared to admit that the book we desire might not always be available from the store down the street. In Carrión’s world of books, the virtual and physical will continue to co-exist, each necessary in its own way, each providing an experience the other cannot. ( )
  icolford | Apr 10, 2018 |
A whirlwind tour of Bookshops around the world, it makes me want to visit each one of them. Doesn't spend a lot of time in Canada though, but touches down on every continent. Very enjoyable. ( )
  charlie68 | Mar 12, 2018 |
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"Jorge Carrion collects bookshops: from Gotham Book Mart and the Strand Bookstore in New York City to City Lights Bookshop and Green Apple Books in San Francisco and all the bright spots in between (Prairie Lights, Tattered Cover, and countless others). In this thought-provoking, vivid, and entertaining essay, Carrion meditates on the importance of the bookshop as a cultural and intellectual space. Filled with anecdotes from the histories of some of the famous (and not-so-famous) shops he visits on his travels, thoughtful considerations of challenges faced by bookstores, and fascinating digressions on their political and social impact, Bookshops is both a manifesto and a love letter to these spaces that transform readers' lives."--… (more)

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