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My Bookstore

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Do you like to read books about bookish things? Well then, have I got a book for you:

my bookstore

(I am absolutely in love with the cover of this baby.)

While I’ve only been to a handful of the stores featured, it was still fascinating to read about them all. Because I’m a dork like that.

And while many of the authors interjected quite a bit of me, me, me into the essays (you know, the whole “When I was writing my first award-winning, best selling, it went platinum novel, the first of thousands of award winners, blah, blah, blah”) there are a few that just shine.

I am particularly fond of Pico Iyer’s (Pico Iyer!) piece on Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara, which is the closest-to-me store that appears in the book. Although I have yet to experience the friendliness of the booksellers (they’ve always been borderline rude when I’ve been in there), I still love what Iyer has to say.

Another favorite is the Powell’s essay by Chuck Pahlniuk. Possibly because Powell’s is my favorite bookstore EVER.

If you’re interested, here is the complete list. Do you recognize your bookstore in the list?

  • Rick Bragg—Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL
  • Fannie Flagg—Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
  • John Grisham—That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, AR
  • Ron Carlson—Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
  • Ann Packer—Capitola Book Café, Capitola, CA
  • Isabel Allende—Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
  • Brian Selznick—Warwick’s, LaJolla, CA
  • Mahbod Seraji—Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA
  • Lisa See—Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
  • Meg Waite Clayton—Books Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown—The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
  • Dave Eggers—Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
  • Pico Iyer—Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Laurie R. King—Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Scott Lasser—Explore Booksellers, Aspen, CO
  • Stephen White—Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
  • Kate Niles—Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, CO
  • Ann Haywood Leal—Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
  • Florence and Wendell Minor—The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
  • Rick Atkinson—Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC
  • Les Standiford—Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
  • Robert Macomber—The Muse Book Shop, Deland, FL
  • David Fulmer—Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA
  • Abraham Verghese—Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
  • Charlie Brandt—Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, ID
  • Luis Alberto Urrea—Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville, IL
  • Mike Leonard—The Book Stall Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL
  • Albert Goldbarth—Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
  • Wendell Berry—Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
  • Michael Tisserand—Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
  • Edith Pearlman—Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
  • Mameve Medwed—Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
  • Simon Winchester—The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
  • Nancy Thayer—Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket, MA
  • Elin Hilderbrand—Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MA
  • Jeanne Birdsall—Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
  • Martha Ackmann—Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
  • Ward Just—Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Ron Currie, Jr.—Longfellow Books, Portland, ME
  • Nancy Shaw—Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Katrina Kittle—Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
  • Ann Patchett—Mclean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
  • Louise Erdrich—Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN
  • Peter Geye—Micawber’s Books, St. Paul, MN
  • Kathleen Finneran—Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO
  • Barry Moser—Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS
  • Jack Pendarvis—Square Books, Oxford, MS
  • Jill McCorkle—Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Carrie Ryan—Park Road Books, Charlotte NC
  • Laurent Dubois—The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
  • Lee Smith—Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NC
  • Angela Davis-Gardner—Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC
  • Ron Rash—City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
  • Ian Frazier—Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ
  • Audrey Vernick—Booktowne, Manasquan, NJ
  • Joan Wickersham—The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH
  • Carmela Ciuraru—Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NY
  • Matt Weiland—Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
  • Kate Christensen—Word, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mick Cochrane—Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NY
  • Caroline Leavitt—McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY
  • Arthur Nersesian—St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York, NY
  • Francine Prose—Strand Bookstore, New York, NY
  • Pete Hamill—Strand Bookstore, New York, NY
  • Jeff Smith—Book Loft German Village, Columbus, OH
  • Chuck Palahniuk—Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
  • Larry Kane—Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
  • Ann Hood—Island Books, Middletown, RI
  • Mindy Friddle—Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
  • Adam Ross—Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
  • Douglas Brinkley—Book People, Austin, TX
  • Terry Tempest Williams—The King’s English Book Shop, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Howard Frank Mosher—Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
  • Jon Clinch—Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT
  • Jonathan Evison—Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Tom Robbins—Village Books, Bellingham, WA
  • Stephanie Kallos—Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
  • Timothy Egan—Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Ivan Doig—University Book Store, Seattle, WA
  • Lesley Kagen—Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
  • Liam Callanan—Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

Written by softdrink

March 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

22 Responses

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  1. Yes! Micawbers in St. Paul is (one of) my favorites! And I have to give props to Louise Erdrich for talking about Magers & Quinn (also a fine store), when Erdrich herself owns a bookstore (Birchbark Books) that’s quite lovely.


    March 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

  2. Freaking Massachusetts man. Why do they get all the good ones? At least Florida has two. I’m actually thinking that I need to check out that one in Deland if it is still there.


    March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

  3. The cover is awesome. I’m curious that there are no bookstores mentioned in VA or MD. Very strange.


    March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

  4. I love books about books and bookstores, so this is an immediate want for me. I love the idea of authors reflecting on their favorite bookstores. It sounds fascinating.


    March 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

  5. Ugh, of course there isn’t a single one in Indiana. Oh well, I’ve still been to some of those (like the amazing Powell’s) and I love books on bookstores, so I will be reading this one.


    March 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

  6. I am so glad that Chaucer’s is on the list! I LOVE CHAUCER’S. And, I’ve not had rude helpers at all.

    Helen Murdoch

    March 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

  7. Boo, nothing from Virginia. But still, that’s a fabulous list of bookstores. I’ve only visited The Strand. It would be awesome to check out all these stores.


    March 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  8. Ooh! Ron Carlson! My favorite. 🙂

    I’d probably enjoy skimming through this.


    March 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  9. ZOMG I love books about books!


    March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  10. This book looks awesome – I’ve been to 14 of the ones in MA, RI, CT ME, NY and VT.

    Diane D

    March 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  11. There are two relatively close to me: Wichita KS and St. Louis MO. I’d love to take a cross-country tour of nothing but bookstores.


    March 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    • We could stay at my parents house in Kansas…


      March 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  12. I’ve been to one! the one on Martha’s Vineyard! woot. I’ll have to check out the one that is in the town my parents live in.


    March 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  13. This is a great list to keep on hand when traveling. I am glad to some of my NY favorites on there and also Bank Square in Mystic, CT!


    March 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

  14. OOH this looks fantastic – I love books like this. I have been in that Minneapolis book store a few times.

    Sheila (Book Journey)

    March 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  15. I’ve always wanted to visit Vroman’s in Pasadena. Maybe one day. . .


    March 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

  16. I’ve been to 3 and agree that they are awesome. Strand, Tattered Cover, Book Loft). Looks like I need to do a bookstore tour of California!


    March 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  17. I love this list. It makes me want to go on a book store road trip to visit all of these bookstores! How poetic would that be to visit each bookstore and buy a book by the author that wrote the essay on that particular store? I’m definitely going to be adding this to my TBR list and then the road trip planning can commence.


    April 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  18. Miss you. That is all.


    April 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

  19. Miss your evarvesence, or however you spell it.


    April 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  20. Happy birthday!!


    April 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  21. Yep, Lemuria Books is now my local and it is definitely an awesome place. I keep trying to get Simon Van Booy to sign at Lemuria. No luck, so far. They do prefer local authors.

    Miss your posts, lady. Wish you’d come back.

    Bookfool, aka Nancy

    May 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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