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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

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

Just reading the subtitle of this memoir is bound to draw you in, no? Ah, the ''uncommon pleasure of a good book''! And what about the pleasure of walking into a used bookstore, with a cat napping in the window, cozy armchairs ready for reading, the smell of coffee, and dusty volumes enticing you to linger?

Wendy Welch and her husband, Jack, had the remarkable courage to leave ''high-octane'' jobs and open a used bookstore in the sleepy Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap in the mountains of Virginia. And they did so when the economy was crashing, Amazon was rising, and the e-book was making its debut. Insane? Everyone said so. And yet the indomitable couple persevered, despite enormous odds.

This story of their journey is a wonderful read. Welch's writing is funny, warm, and inviting. Her love for her bookstore is so tangible, it pours through her words, and suddenly you are there with her, Jack, and their cats, listening to her talk rather than reading her words on a page. I feel as if I know them both as friends now, and I can see why their endeavor has been so successful.

If you believe in the goodness and gifts of small independent bookstores, the potential of people to reclaim community and togetherness in the face of corporate big business, and the beauty of human life, read this book. It is such an inspiration!

(Ages: Adult)

#34454 - Paperback Book - 304 pgs
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