Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers

Illustrator, writer and cartoonist Bob Eckstein (The History of the Snowman) was inspired to paint "the greatest bookstores of the world" after he contributed a piece about bookshops to the New Yorker. Amassing hundreds of quotes and insights into the value of independent stores from owners and employees, writers, celebrities and readers, Eckstein presents beautiful illustrations of 75 beloved shops, pairing them with charming quotes, stories and facts particular to each locale. Some stores are familiar: Strand Book Store in New York City, Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle and Shakespeare and Company in France. Others, however, are off the beaten path: the obscure Librairie Avant-Garde in China, Giggles of India and Words on the Water in England. Add a foreword by Garrison Keillor, a bit of history and anecdotes about great names in literature--like Hemingway, J.D. Salinger and Alice Munro--along with presidents and readers of all stripes who've wandered among the shelves, and this beautifully presented collection celebrates indie bookshops and those who love them. --Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines

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