The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of A Good Book

Large Print - 2012 | Center Point large print edition.
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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 the plunge. They chose to ignore all the talk about the death of the book, of the closing of bookstores across the nation, and of the difficult economic environment. 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 electronics don't spark. There, 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.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2012]
Edition: Center Point large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781611735833
Branch Call Number: Large Print 381.45002 WEL
Characteristics: 391 pages (large print) ;,23 cm


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Nov 27, 2018

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book involving a bookstore or library. it isn't really a continous story, more like a group of short stories involving some of the same characters. rather like diary entries. was pretty adverage, nothing spectacular. i didn't feel like i wasted my time, but i didn't gain anything from it either.

Jul 10, 2017

A very down home story that made me feel like I was listening to the life of a good friend. The later chapters seemed a bit bogged down, but in the end, I'm happy to have read it.

Jan 23, 2013

An comfortable, approachable book that should be read by any avid reader that has ever fantasized about quitting the rat race and opening a book store.

ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"Chronicles the efforts of the author and her husband to open and run a small bookstore in a struggling Virginia coal mining community, a pursuit challenged by the difficult economic environment, widespread transitions away from hard-copy books and numerous eccentric patrons." Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter

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