More Books... About Books!

This list celebrates books – why we love them and the bookstores that are our favorite place to visit!


How Reading Changed My Life

by Anna Quindlen

From the acclaimed author of One True Thing as well as Black and Blue, this book is part of the Library of Contemporary Thought series and has a nice section of book lists! It is a very quick read but well worth owning and consulting the book list.

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Passion for Books

by Harold Rabinowitz

The sub-title says it all: “A book lover’s treasury of stories, essays, humor, lore, and lists on collecting, reading, borrowing, lending, caring for, and appreciating books.” Short stories from dozens of writers are included on all aspects of books and two tremendous list of books to be read and an outstanding “bibliobibliography”.


So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

by Sara Nelson

This is author Sara Nelson’s memoir of reading a book a week for a year. She is witty and tells about her aspirations as a reader and a writer. She also includes lists of what she planned to read, what she actually read and her must read stack of books.


How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

by Pierre Bayard

From a literary professor and psychoanalyst, this book offers thought provoking perspectives about books for book lovers that we should all read but have not had the time or made the time to do it. This was a great tool for me as a bookstore employee so I can converse about the hundreds of books on the shelves!


Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks

by Joni Rendon, Shannon Mckenna Schmidt, foreword by Matthew Pearl

This is a travel guide to take us to places all over the world from the imaginations of our favorite novelists. If you are planning a trip anywhere in the United States and Europe, this is a great resource to consult so you can see what wonderful literary sites are awaiting you!


Bookstore Tourism

by Larry Portzline

On the subject of travel, here’s a short book for planning road trips to bookstores. A great idea for bibliophiles, book clubs and schools, Larry Portzline offers tips on how to organize, promote and execute trips with a special nod to independent booksellers.


The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

by Lewis Buzbee

This is a love letter to bookstores, the history of book selling and their value to our society. This is so beautifully written that the reader is transported to their memories of first love with books.


Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.

by Lynne Tillman

The story of Books & Company, the New York bookstore that was a center of literary arts for twenty years. This book uses the recollections of authors, famous customers and the employees to tell its history and impact during a pivotal time in the book selling business.


The King's English

by Betsy Burton

This is the history of another wonderful bookstore and with more book lists from shops across the country. Author Betsy Burton has gathered stories about visits from noted writers and the struggles to stay afloat in competition with the big box stores and national bookstore chains.