My Bookstore by Ronald Rice
Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

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In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.

In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works.

My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.

Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.

Contributing Authors and Bookstores Include:
Fannie Flagg—Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
Rick Bragg—Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, AL
John Grisham—That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, AR
Ron Carlson—Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
Ann Packer—Capitola Book Café, Capitola, CA
Isabel Allende—Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Mahbod Seraji—Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA
Lisa See—Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Meg Waite Clayton—Books Inc., San Francisco, CA
Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown—The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
Dave Eggers—Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Pico Iyer—Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Laurie R. King—Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CA
Scott Lasser—Explore Booksellers, Aspen, CO
Stephen White—Tattered Cover Book Store, Devner, CO
Kate Niles—Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, CO
Ann Haywood Leal—Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
Florence and Wendell Minor—The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
Rick Atkinson—Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC
Les Standiford—Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Robert Macomber—The Muse Book Shop, Deland, FL
David Fulmer—Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA
Abraham Verghese—Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
Charlie Brandt—Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, ID
Luis Alberto Urrea—Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville, IL
Mike Leonard—The Book Stall Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL
Albert Goldbarth—Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
Wendell Berry—Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
Edith Pearlman—Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
Mameve Medwed—Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
Simon Winchester—The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
Nancy Thayer—Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket, MA
Elin Hilderbrand—Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MA
Jeanne Birdsall—Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
Martha Ackmann—Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Ward Just—Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MA
Ron Currie, Jr.—Longfellow Books, Portland, ME
Nancy Shaw—Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Katrina Kittle—Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
Ann Patchett—Mclean & Eakin Booksellers, Petotskey, MI
Kathleen Finneran—Left Bank Books, St.Louis, MO
Barry Moser—Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS
Jill McCorkle—Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Carrie Ryan—Park Road Books, Charlotte NC
Laurent Dubois—The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Lee Smith—Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NC
Angela Davis-Gardner—Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC
Ron Rash—City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
Ian Frazier—Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ
Joan Wickersham—The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH
Carmela Ciuraru—Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NY
Matt Weiland—Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Kate Christensen—Word, Brooklyn, NY
Mick Cochrane—Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NY
Caroline Leavitt—McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY
Arthur Nersesian—St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York, NY
Francine Prose & Pete Hamill—Strand Bookstore, New York, NY
Chuck Palahniuk—Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
Larry Kane—Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
Ann Hood—Island Books, Middletown, RI
Mindy Friddle—Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
Adam Ross—Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
Douglas Brinkley—Book People, Austin, TX
Terry Tempest Williams—The King’s English Book Shop, Salt Lake City, UT
Howard Frank Mosher—Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
Jon Clinch—Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT
Jonathan Evison—Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
Tom Robbins—Village Books, Bellingham, WA
Ivan Doig—University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Lesley Kagen—Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
Liam Callanan—Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI



About Ronald Rice

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Ronald Rice has worked in book publishing, as a sales and marketing professional, for more than 25 years. He began his career at Koen Book Distributors and then served as Sales Director/Small Press Buyer for Bookazine, Co. He was a four-time nominee for Publishers Weekly Sales Representative of the Year and has served multi-year terms on both the New England Independent Booksellers Association and Southern Booksellers Alliance advisory councils. He is currently a publishing industry consultant. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Published November 13, 2012 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(And someone else in turn writes of Patchett’s.) Many tell of never leaving an indie bookstore without purchasing something, and most write of discoveries they have found there and/or the thrill of their first reading there.

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Edited by publishing professional Rice, with an introduction by Richard Russo and an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel, this anthology features essays by 84 writers waxing passionate about their favorite independent bookstores and about the importance of supporting and nurturing these bricks-and...

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Yet after the eclectic reading journey of MY BOOKSTORE, it’s hard to feel anything but wholehearted enthusiasm emanating from the lines as each author captures what he or she feels is the essence of the best a bookstore can be.

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In the conclusion to My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, Emily St. John Mandel says, “Things happen in independent bookstores that don’t happen in the other places where we buy books.” Perhaps that phenomenon is what inspired eighty-four authors to wri...

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