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Subject: Bookstores
Date Posted: 11/17/2015 11:09 AM ET
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I would like to find out some books about bookstores. fiction or non fiction. Do you know of any?

I've read The Storied Life of A J Fikry. and Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. These are both fiction but I think there must be some good nonfictions also.

Date Posted: 11/18/2015 12:31 AM ET
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This is a series of mysteries of a bookseller. I know there at least 5 of them.
 
 


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Date Posted: 11/18/2015 3:57 AM ET
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that is interesting you mention The Yellow Lighted Bookshop. I just ordered that book from amazon. Waiting for it to arrive.

Just finished this book a few days ago. Entertaining read. Book is sort of scattered across many topics. Joy of reading and acquiring books, working in a bookstore, publishers rep, history of bookselling, experiences in bookstore as both employee and customer.



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Date Posted: 11/18/2015 5:29 PM ET
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84 Charing Cross Road is good..http://www.paperbackswap.com/84-Charing-Cross-Helene-Hanff/book/0380001225/

Date Posted: 11/18/2015 7:31 PM ET
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I think I must have read 84 Charing Cross Road at least a dozen times. It is so short I would pick it up to look at it and end up reading it. If you  haven't read the sequel try to find it. The Duchess of Bloomsbury St. and then her auto bio Q's Legacy. I have an omnibus edition that has 5 of her books combined into one. All of her books are short so the omnibus is fairly small.

Date Posted: 11/18/2015 10:03 PM ET
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Thank you! I didn't know there was a sequel!

Date Posted: 11/19/2015 9:14 AM ET
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I found another one.

Time was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer.

Date Posted: 11/22/2015 6:01 PM ET
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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession     The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
Author: Allison Hoover Bartlett

A true story about a guy who trolled used book stores and stole the books he wanted.  An interesting insight into the world of rare and collectible books, the people who covet them, and those who feel a sense of entitlement to them.  

Date Posted: 11/23/2015 1:12 PM ET
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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Date Posted: 11/26/2015 11:53 AM ET
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The Shadow of the Wind  by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

excellent!

Date Posted: 11/29/2015 2:31 PM ET
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The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald.

Subject: two suggestions
Date Posted: 11/29/2015 8:56 PM ET
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Two by Christopher Morley:

 

Parnassun on Wheels

The Haunted Bookshop

 



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Date Posted: 12/9/2015 8:39 AM ET
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I tried The Haunted Bookshop once but lost interest in it and didn't get very far into it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2016 11:38 AM ET
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Here's a list from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7027.Books_About_Bookstores

Date Posted: 2/1/2016 12:03 PM ET
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for those of you who liked The Shadow of the Wind have you read The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte? the end is a little weird but the main body of the book is a lot of fun.

Date Posted: 2/13/2016 7:33 AM ET
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I think I found another one. this one is fiction. I just requested it so I haven't read it yet. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. anybody read this?

Well there has been a delay. The first person did not send the book and it has been passed on to somebody else. So the clock has started this morning on a new request.



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Date Posted: 6/22/2016 11:15 PM ET
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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George - lovely little book.

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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

thanks for mentioning this. I sounds a little like The Secret of Lost Things.

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I loved the Secret of Lost Things! It's a really good one if you are looking for books about bookstores.

Date Posted: 3/9/2017 8:38 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure I mentioned this book before in another forum or thread and not about bookstores but about books about books.  Non-fiction, as requested, short and I found it interesting.

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by [Manning, Molly Guptill]

Again, not about bookstores but about books.  A chronological history of how books came about starting in the age of writing on animal skins and/or papyrus and from there how they came to be collected into first private and then public libraries.  Also some interesting tidbits, at least to me, on why we have books and libraries like we do.  Library: An Unquiet History

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Date Posted: 7/16/2017 1:33 AM ET
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yesterday I lucked out and found a nice copy of The Little Paris Bookstore in a local thrift store. Looking forward to reading it.