My happy place is Twelfth and Broadway, in the stacks of $1 used books outside Strand Bookstore. Hours blur by as I dig through the piles, flipping through the pages of jacketless hardcovers and battered paperbacks. Half treasure hunt, half meditative experience, time spent in a bookstore is never time wasted. So if you’re looking for the perfect place to unload some of your recently acquired holiday cash, pay homage to the bibliophile’s paradise and pick up one of these eleven books set in bookshops.
A playfully flirty bookseller’s life is shaken when she receives an anonymous love letter that asks, “How do you fall in love?” This clever comedy of manners is an enchanting take on a modern-day fairytale with a decidedly bookish twist.
Monsieur Perdu, a literary apothecary working from a floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, can tell the exact book a reader needs to ease the hardships in their life. But the only broken heart he can’t mend is his own, and he departs on a mission to the south of France hoping to make peace with his lost love.
This inspiring memoir of community, hardship, and good books is the story of a couple fulfilling their dream of opening a bookstore despite the bad economic odds. Their small store attracted book lovers who became their customers and friends, and they found a fulfilling life, business, and community through literature.
A young, pregnant woman finds a chance at salvation when she gets a job in a shabby Manhattan bookstore after her boyfriend dumps her. The colorful and quirky people who call the bookstore home form an unlikely family. This witty debut is a stirring celebration of books and the people who sell, read, and love them.
Part memoir, part history, this is a passionate ode to bookselling as told by a former bookseller. The inner thoughts of a book lover are expertly combined with a well researched account of the history of the book, making this a work that will appeal to anyone who’s ever found refuge in reading.
In this enthusiastic and heartfelt collection of essays, stories, odes, and praise, eighty-four beloved authors pay tribute to the bookstores they love. Overflowing with gratitude, joy, and humor, it is a love letter to bookstores around the country.