I think where I buy books is even more important than the purchases that fill my bag. Shopping locally so that your hard earned cash stays within your community is a smart thing to do. We have also seen many small, independently owned bookshops go out of business trying to compete with supersized retailers. What The Big Guys make up for in volume is sorely lacking when it comes to knowledgeable staff and an inviting, cozy atmosphere. The good news is there are plenty of literature lovers who are working hard to keep alive the friendly neighborhood bookshop. From time to time I’ll feature an independent bookseller in the U.S. that is making a difference in their community. First on my great local bookshops list is Square One Books in Seattle, Washington. This is a rather nostalgic pick since Square One was our neighborhood bookstore when my husband and I lived in Seattle. The staff was always enthusiastic and eager to not only make recommendations, but to get to know me and my reading preferences. I fondly recall many happy discussions, and purchases, during my time frequenting Square One Books.
As this week’s titles find new spots on The New York Times Bestseller List, perhaps there’s a local shop in your neighborhood that would love to share their top picks with you. Go check them out!
Top Sellers in the U.S.
1 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
2 The Postcard Killers, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
3 Spider Bones, by Kathy Reichs
4 The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
5 Bearers of the Black Staff (LEGENDS OF SHANNARA), by Terry Brooks