Read This: Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores
Edited by Hans Weyandt, with introduction by Ann Patchett
Coffee House Press
An ode to the art of traditional bookselling and independent bookstores, this book offers lists of favorites that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves. First published on Hans Weyandt’s blog for Micawber’s Books, each check-list style contribution includes a bookseller’s top fifty books, anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen. Introduced by Ann Patchett, the book exhibits the range and diversity of these booksellers’ tastes and the stores in which they work. But it goes beyond a typical book of lists to show how independent bookstores are havens for readers where individual tastes, location, and personality matter and where the staff provide an expertise and wisdom about readers and books often lost in large and online retail spaces. One hundred percent of royalties will go to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).
“There is no greater joy for a bookseller than introducing a reader to a book they will love for the rest of their lives. Those of us in this business are, after all, matchmakers at heart. So consider this little book you now hold in your hands as a sort of catalogue of matchmakers.” Ann Patchett, from the Introduction.
“These professionals demonstrate exceptional curatorial care and a discernible passion for the art of bookselling, a craft Weyandt calls a ‘combo platter of bartender/barista and priest.’ [E]ntertaining, informative, satisfying and funundefinedeverything books should be.”Kirkus.
“If I were still a bookseller, I’d be thrilled to share this wealth with my customers. As a reader, I’m deeply intrigued by the range of selections. . . . Do yourself a favor. Add Micawber’s Top 50 project to your must-read list.” Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness.
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