The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

BookWho, as an avid reader, can resist the magic of bookstores?  I sure couldn’t as a child, and can’t now.  The mazes of shelves and crowded books are still a scenario of comfort and thrill, and a great way (and cheap way, since there’s rarely any pressure to buy anything) to while away a rainy afternoon.

It’s wonderful to read a memoir by somebody that’s as avid a bookstore lover as myself.  The author does the book selling world proud, penning childhood memories with some fun history on the side to tell the story of books and of himself as book lover, bookseller, and sales rep.  I have skimmed through bookshop nostalgia tomes before with a mild interest, but this one kept me going the whole time, and made me drool with the prospect of my next bookstore visit.  Yeah, Amazon is great for those who like getting those big mail packages (I stand guilty too!) but there is nothing, and I mean nothing like having open time to spend at a bookshop.

Buzbee covers the book world with aplomb.  As a librarian and reader, my (proverbial) hat’s off to him.  Try these books as well:

The King’s English:  Adventures of an Independent Bookseller by Betsy Burton

Time was Soft There:  A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer

Shelf Life:  romance, mystery, drama, and other page-turning adventures from a year in a bookstore by Suzanne Strempek Shea

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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