It might have taken me a coon's age to finish this one, but I highly enjoyed it.
My Bookstore: Writers celebrate their favorite places to browse, read, and shop by Ronald Rice is a cozy book about books and reading and is exactly what I needed in this super-hectic quarter of grad school. Each essay is 3-10 pages in length. Each author writes about the bookstore they love. I had heard of a few of them. One I've actually been inside!
Here in Tulsa, all of our independent bookshops have closed. We've had a few great ones, but they all closed in the 2000s. I'm grateful for the box stores we do have, but I miss those wonderful independents. The good news is, we are getting a new one soon. Magic City Books is scheduled to open this fall. It will be downtown and is the brain child of Jeff Martin who is the mover and shaker behind Booksmart Tulsa and the Tulsa Literary Coalition. Listen to some of the names on the advisory board of the coalition: Michael Chabon, Chris Cleave, Jonathan Franzen, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, David Sedaris, and .... Nancy Pearl. Holy smokes!
Anyway, while I was reading this book about bookstores, I was imagining a time when Magic City Books will be MY bookstore. I'm so excited about this!
So read this book and enjoy these writers' enthusiasm for their bookstores and think about your own.