Sunday, March 13, 2016

Little Book Store of Big Stone Gap

From Goodreads:
A book about losing your place, finding your purpose, and immersing yourself in what holds community, and humanity, together—books

Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. And took the plunge into starting their dream as well. They chose to ignore the “death of the book,” the closing of bookstores across the nation, and the difficult economic environment, and six years later they have carved a bookstore—and a life—out of an Appalachian mountain community.

A story of beating bad odds with grace, ingenuity, good books, and single malt, this memoir chronicles two bibliophiles discovering unlikely ways in which daily living and literature intertwine. Their customers—"Bob the Mad Irishman," "Wee Willie," and "The Lady Who Liked Romances," to name a few—come to the shop looking for the kind of interactive wisdom Kindles don't spark, and they find friendship, community, and the uncommon pleasure of a good book in good company.

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap will make you want to run to the local bookstore, and curl up in an arm chair with a treasure in bound pages.
From Me:
An adorable book.  But aren't most books about a bookstore?
They talk books all the time....thru out the whole book.
They have wacky characters/customers.
It DID make me want to open a bookstore.   I have all the inventory!
So.....the Handyman came home from work and I said,  I want to open a bookstore.  I have all the inventory--I'm willing to give up all my books to start it.
And do you know what he said?
He said "okay, right up a financial plan"
Why does he have to ruin my fun with logic?
It's a good thing that Wendy Welch and her husband did not think of all that stuff before they opened the Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap!
Cute book.


Katherine P said...

I've wanted to read this one for a little while and now I can't wait! I'll have to see if my library has this one. That's hilarious about the handyman. I suspect my husband would have thought I had lost my mind!

Stefanie said...

You sold me. My library thankfully has it so I've added it to one of my lists.

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds like my kind of book.

Carl would be logical like the Handyman.

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I spotted this one at a bookstore and immediately added it to my TBR list. Sounds like I just should have bought a copy so I could read it right away! :)

~~louise~~ said...

I LOVE bookstore books Debbie and movies too!!! Have you ever read 84, Charing Cross Road? It's one of my favorites! (it's a fairly short book too:)

I actually had a bookstore in town when I first moved to PA, Debbie. Now that I think of it, I may have shared some pictures a while back. I'll have to check. Anyway, a financial plan is a good idea. That's not to say you shouldn't keep dreaming though:) I for one think bookstores are here to stay. One of the most important things about owning a bookstore is to also own the building, however...

Thanks so much for sharing this delightful review Debbie. I will definitely be searching out this book...

Literary Feline said...

This sounds so good, Debbie! I had to laugh at your conversation with your husband. I could probably open a small bookstore with all the books I own too. :-)

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