The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, A History

Front Cover, Oct 19, 2010 - 248 pages
In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Buzbee, a former bookseller and sales representative, celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore - the smell and touch of books, the joy of getting lost in the deep canyons of shelves, and the silent community of readers. He shares his passion for books, which began with ordering through the Weekly Reader in grade school. Woven throughout is a fascinating historical account of the bookseller trade - from the great Alexandria library with an estimated one million papyrus scrolls to Sylvia Beach's famous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare & Co., that led to the extraordinary effort to publish and sell James Joyce's Ulysses. Rich with anecdotes, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is the perfect choice for those who relish the enduring pleasures of spending an afternoon finding just the right book.

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

This is a quick, fun read. With an overview of the history of books and bookselling, as well as reminiscences about his own life among books, the author covers a lot of ground in this small volume. Lots of fun for any bookaholic! Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

The subtitle is: A Memoir, a History. That pretty much describes this book. Buzbee has been in the book business virtually his whole life, starting as a part-time clerk when he was a teen. He’s worked ... Read full review


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Lewis Buzbee's favorite time at the library is a rainy, gray afternoon, because you can spend forever there. He's been writing since he was fifteen, and his most recent book is The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. A native Californian, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter and is working on a new book about Charles Dickens.

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