Bookshops



The Bookish Life of Nina Hill / Abbi Waxman

A confirmed introvert finds her simple life upended when the father she never knew passes away, revealing an enormous extended family that overwhelms her budding relationship with a fellow trivia buff.

The Readers of Broken Wheel recommend: [a novel] / Katarina Bivald

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist–even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: a novel / Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore / Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

Paris by the Book: a novel / Liam Callanan

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

My Bookstore: writers celebrate their favorite places to browse, read, and shop / edited by Ronald Rice

An anthology of essays, stories, and expressions of gratitude by dozens of famous authors describes the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have provided throughout their careers.

The Lost for Words Bookshop / Stephanie Butland

A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: a novel / Matthew Sullivan.

Follows the efforts of a bookstore clerk to unravel a puzzle left behind by a patron who has committed suicide, an effort that is complicated by memories of the clerk’s violent childhood.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted / Robert Hillman

A gorgeously written, tender, and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant librarian.

Words in Deep Blue / Cath Crowley

Teenagers Rachel and Henry find their way back to each other while working in an old bookstore full of secrets and crushes, love letters and memories, grief and hope.

The Diary of a Bookseller / Shaun Bythell

The funny and fascinating memoir of Bythell’s experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest second hand bookstore–and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, odd townsfolk and surreal buying trips that make up his life there.

The Little Paris Bookshop: a novel / Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

The Bridge: a novel / Karen Kingsbury

Ryan Kelly spends plenty of time at The Bridge–the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee–remembering the times he and Molly Allen–who moved to Portland–once spent there, and now, with the bookstore in deep financial trouble, it will take a miracle to keep tragedy from unfolding.

The Bookshop / Penelope Fitzgerald

Follows a kindhearted English widow’s struggle to open a bookshop in a seaside town against the polite, but uncompromising opposition of the town’s arbiters of culture.

The Bookstore / Deborah Meyler

Mitchell captured Esme’s heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic. Life seems truly glorious… but before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all. Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she lose more than she can handle?

The Secret of Lost Things: a novel / Sheridan Hay

Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than a love of books and eagerness to explore the city she’s read so much about. She begins her search for independence with appealing enthusiasm, and the moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore, she knows she has found a home. The gruff owner, Mr. Pike, gives her a job sorting through piles of books and helping the rest of the staff, a group as odd as the characters in a Dickens novel. But when a letter arrives from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff rise to a boiling point.