The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book

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An inspiring true story about losing your place, finding your purpose, and building a community one book at a time.



Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so when they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town, they seized an unexpected opportunity to pursue thier dream. The only problems? A declining U.S. economy, a small town with no industry, and the advent of the e-book. They also had no idea how to run a bookstore. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business - they built a community.




The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap is the little bookstore that could: how two people, two cats, two dogs, and thirty-eight thousand books helped a small town find its heart. It is a story about people and books, and how together they create community.


 

About Wendy Welch

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WENDY WELCH is a Ph.D. in ethnography who currently teaches at the University of Virginia at Wise. She is also professional storyteller and the co-owner of Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In Scotland, the couple had spent weekends performing at local fairs (she as a professional storyteller and he singing Scottish ballads), and Lonesome Pine soon doubled as a community center with a writing group, Celtic songs and dancing, mystery nights, gourmet treats and more.

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In this beguiling, blog-based memoir, a former nonprofit administrator and storyteller chronicles how she and her Scottish, ex-academic husband found themselves in a central Appalachian town of 5,400 mostly known for Adriana Trigiani novels and a seasonal “folk opera” based on Tales of the Lo...

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Book Reporter

If you are reading this review (and if you frequent this website), you’ve probably thought to yourself at least once, “It would be so nice to own a little bookstore and be surrounded by books and curious readers all the time.” Wendy Welch and her husband, Jack Beck, had said this to each other ti...

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Christian Science Monitor

The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books.” Skip to next paragraph Buy this book from:

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The Roanoke Times

Big Stone Gap once again finds itself in a book title from a major publisher with the arrival of “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap,” a memoir written by town resident Wendy Welch, who tells the story of the used bookstore she and her Scottish-born husband, Jack Beck, opened in the Wise Count...

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