"What I had that day was self-reliance and a book, which, as I would later learn, was all I really needed."
Ann Patchett, Collecting Strays at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table, New York Times, 11/18/16
|Patchett's shop in Nashville, TN|
I love everything she has written, from her many novels (Run, Bel Canto), her collection of essays (This is a Story of a Happy Marriage), and the number of other pieces she has written for various publications. I was recently reminded of how much I enjoy her while reading an account of preparing a dorm room Thanksgiving meal, armed with just a healthy dose of confidence and a book (Collecting Strays at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table). I highly recommend anything she has written! In addition to Patchett's novels, I also love the fact that she is the owner of an independent bookstore in Nashville, TN. Who doesn't love a bookstore? When Nashville's only bookstore closed for business, Ann and two other community members jumped in and opened the store despite warnings that "bookstores were dead" and that they would soon be out of business. On the contrary, Parnassus Books is thriving and they now even have a bookmobile (and you know how I feel about bookmobiles...). Click here to read more about this fascinating story.
|Toad Hall Bookstore, 47 Main Street, Rockport|
I don't have plans to visit Los Angeles anytime soon, but when I do a trip to "The Last Bookstore" is definitely on the agenda! The owner, Josh Spencer, opened the space despite warnings that bookstores were disappearing. Take a minute to read Josh's inspiring story and tour the space labeled "one of the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world".
What about you? Do you have a favorite bookstore to recommend? Fond memories of browsing a "gone, but not forgotten" space? Share your comments below!