Seven Stairs: An Adventure of the Heart

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Simon and Schuster, May 15, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
Here in a new, updated edition is the famous story of an ex-GI named Stuart Brent who turned his passion for reading into a bookstore that became a mecca for book lovers across America. His exuberant memoir reveals the strategies and beliefs that made him one of the nation's most colorful and revered independent booksellers. Filled with personal anecdotes about celebrated authors, pioneering publishers and editors, and illustrious customers such as Katharine Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway, The Seven Stairs provides a rare window on the world of books. For everyone who believes in the power of literacy and the joy of reading, the story shines with conviction and inspiration. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

And Nobody Came
1
Read Your Lease Goodbye
5
How to Get Started in the Book Business
15
Building the Seven Stairs
29
The Day My Accountant Cried
49
The Man with the Golden Couch
58
Farewell to the Seven Stairs
75
On the Avenue
87
Hope and I
130
My Affair with the Monster
141
Life in the Theatre
169
Writing and Publishing
179
Books and Brent
195
Postscript1973
207
Postscript1988
225
One Hundred Best Books
227

Bark Point
110

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About the author (1989)

Stuart Brent is a Simon & Schuster author as well as an ex-GI and bookstore owner.