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Read This!

Handpicked Favorites From America's Indie Booksellers
(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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#147;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 a sort of catalog of matchmakers."#151;Ann Patchett "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."#151;Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness 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 list includes a bookseller's top fifty books, anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen. All proceeds will go to American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). Contributing bookstores include Book Passage, Tattered Cover Book Store, Three Lives & Company, Boswell Books, City Lights Bookstore, BookCourt, Harvard Book Store, Carmichael's Bookstore, Prairie Lights, The King's English Bookshop, Square Books, Magers & Quinn, Micawber's Books, Unabridged Bookstore, Regulator Bookshop, Subterranean Books, Faulkner House Books, Skylight Books, Maria's Bookshop, Inkwood Books, Rakestraw Books, RiverRun Bookstore, Sherman's Books and Stationary, Iowa Book, and Fireside Books. Hans Weyandt is a co-owner at Micawber's Books, an independent bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann Patchett is the best-selling author of five novels, including Run , Bel Canto , and most recently, State of Wonder . She owns Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville, Tennnessee.
Title: Read this!
handpicked favorites from America's indie booksellers
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 210 pages ;,17 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Hans Weyandt ; introduction by Ann Patchett
Contents: Micawber's Books
Book Passage
Boswell Book Company
Carmichael's Bookstore
City Lights
Faulkner House Books
Fireside Books
Harvard Book Store
Inkwood Books
Iowa Book
The King's English Bookshop
Magers and Quinn
Maria's Bookshop
Prairie Lights Books
Rakestraw Books
The Regulator Bookshop
Riverrun Bookstore
Sherman's Books and Stationary
Skylight Books
Square Books
Subterranean Books
Tattered Cover Book Store
Three Lives & Company
Unabridged Bookstore
Additional Contributors: Weyandt, Hans Editor
ISBN: 1566893135
Branch Call Number: 011.73 R284 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Books and reading United States Independent bookstores Employees Books and reading Best books
Topical Term: Books and reading
Independent bookstores
Best books
LCCN: 2012008532
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Indie booksellers share lists of favorites that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves.

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Jan 21, 2013
  • Lucchesa rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is really just a book of top-50 lists from several independent bookstores. And while I'm a big supporter of independent bookstores, this isn't particularly useful as a reader's guide. It's heavy on fiction, & each list is in alphabetical order by author. There's very little context given about any of the books listed and no thematic organization - a Mo Willems book might end up at the end of a list of contemporary fiction with a poet and a biography thrown in. So if you're interested in children's books, say, or in poetry or biography, you have to wade through the rest. Nancy Pearl's books are far superior in their user-friendliness.


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