Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers (Hardcover)

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The New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein has brilliantly illustrated independent bookstores from around the world, including several that are no longer in business. The colorful paintings are accompanied by quirky and amusing stories about writers, customers, and booksellers. This fascinating selection of seventy five bookstores includes several that I have visited, others I have heard of, but a good number that are new to me. The book has an interesting format, with a flip up jacketless hard cover that reveals horizontal pages. And after you have enjoyed the visual and written description of the seventy five bookstores, there are endnotes and miscellany to peruse. This is a delightful book for any bibliophile.

— From Joan's Picks


A New York Times Bestseller

From the beloved New Yorker cartoonist comes a collection of paintings and stories from some of the world's most cherished bookstores.

This collection of 75 evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.

The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, and many more.

Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.

About the Author

Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster). His cartoons, OpEds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, Barron's, Readers Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, among many others. He was a columnist for the Village Voice, New York Newsday, and Time Out New York. He has been interviewed in over 100 TV, radio and magazine spots including Good Morning America and People magazine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553459272
ISBN-10: 0553459279
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 176
Language: English