The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book would be an excellent title to read along with Parnassus on Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop, as it’s a light and interesting real-life memoir of a couple who runs a used bookshop in a small town in Virginia. Although rather less fraught with hoboes and espionage, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap has plenty of parallels to the Christopher Morley fiction, and lots of funny and heartwarming tales besides.
I wouldn’t say that I finished the book feeling ready to own a bookstore (that’s not on my bucket list anyway), but I did enjoy reading about the ins and outs of the author’s experience establishing her business and her place in the community. If you like memoir or bookshops, I’d recommend The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap as a nice casual read, well suited for the breather week at the end of the year.
Am I the only person who thinks of the week between Christmas and the New Year as down time? My husband thinks of it as a rush-around week. Either way, I thought this was a nice book.
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