The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (Buzbee)

Buzbee calls this both a memoir and a history, and the book belongs in both categories. On the one hand, it is the story of his own experiences in many aspects of the book trade (writing, sales, working at bookstores, etc.) and the history of bookstores. He moves between each element quite seamlessly, and for those who share his book lust (his term), this is an inspiring read. I admire his generous willingness to avoid demonizing big box bookstores. His focus is on the independents, and he is optimistic. Since he knows of what he speaks, I’ll share the positive feeling.

I enjoyed Buzbee’s writing. I relished his description of being “alone with others” in a bookstore and his search for the book he knows he needs to buy (even if he doesn’t know the title before he finds it).


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