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The Bookshop by Evan Friss
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Aug 06, 2024 | ISBN 9780593299920

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Praise for The Bookshop

“If you love books, and bookstores, you’re absolutely going to love Evan Friss’s The Bookshop. . . . ‘That bookstores continue to endure is, in some ways, something of a miracle,’ Friss writes in his introduction. But we’re so thankful they do—and that there’s this tribute to them.”
—Town & Country’s “39 Must-Read Books of Summer 2024”

“Attentive and thoughtful. . . . Evan Friss is the companionable guide we all deserve on this trip to bookstores throughout time, offering a treasure trove of information and anecdotes, and bittersweetly reminding us all how important these institutions are, how necessary to our culture and communities and how we must do everything in our power to protect them.”
—Julia Hass, Lit Hub‘s “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

“Upbeat and immersive. . . . An entrancing deep dive into the book industry.”
Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

“Eye-opening. . . . A thoroughly engaging, delightful excursion into the wondrous world of books.”
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

“Bookstores are such idiosyncratic expressions of the humans who run them, and it is a delight to wander through the bookstores of American history in this warm, generous book. I find myself in excellent company amongst the featured booksellers—all fully dedicated, driven by passion, and slightly mad. It’s a wonderful business we’re in.”
—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author and owner of Books Are Magic

“This bookseller read Evan Friss’s The Bookshop with the greatest delight. Friss’s history of the independent bookshop in the United states is very much like his subject—deeply authoritative, very personal, and very engaging.”
—Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Bookseller and Publisher

“Is there anything better than a bookshop? Perhaps, just perhaps, a book about bookshops. This is what Evan Friss has given us, and like its subject, it is a portal to endless discovery. The histories and personalities, the challenges and pleasures, everything happening behind the scenes—all come alive in his marvelous account.”
—Glenn Adamson, author of Craft: An American History

“Evan Friss has written a charming, deeply researched history of the understated but vital role that booksellers have played in forging the American identity. Rich in incident and richer in the colorful characters who have sold—or tried to sell—books to a reliably intractable public from the days of the Old Corner Bookstore till today, The Bookshop is an absolute delight.”
—Stephen Sparks, owner of Point Reyes Books

The Bookshop argues persuasively that not only are these institutions a crucial part of U.S. social and political history, but that they are also worth fighting for in the face of a new generation of technological and financial threats.”
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