The Yellow-lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

The Yellow-lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History


By (author) Lewis Buzbee

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  • Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 225 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 175mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: MN
  • ISBN 10: 1555975100
  • ISBN 13: 9781555975104
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 104,603

Product description

In "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop," a "Book Sense "selection, Lewis Buzbee celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore--the smell and touch of books, the joy of getting lost in the deep canyons of shelves, and the silent community of readers. He shares his passion for books, which began with ordering through the "Weekly Reader "in grade school. Woven throughout is a fascinating historical account of the bookseller trade--from the great Alexandria library to Sylvia Beach's famous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare & Co. Rich with anecdotes, "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop "is the perfect choice for those who relish the enduring pleasures of spending an afternoon finding just the right book.

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Author information

Lewis Buzbee is a former bookseller and sales representative, and the author of several books, most recently "Steinbeck's Ghost." He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

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“I cannot remember when I have read a book with such delight.” —Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Bookstore“When [Buzbee] describes walking into a bookstore, feasting his eyes on the walls lined with stock, gravitating to the tables stacked with new issues and then discovering some volume so irresistibly beautiful he just has to buy it, you realize that he just doesn’t love books, he’s besotted.” —"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) “In "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop", Lewis Buzbee recounts not only his personal experience of being a bookseller and a publisher sales rep, but also shares the history and inside world of bookselling. A beautiful book both inside and out.” —ERIC GESELL, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops