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Books about Bookstores

Books about Bookstores

What's better than visiting a bookstore? Well, nothing. BUT here's a list of the next best thing—books about bookstores!

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Bookish People

By Susan Coll
Narrated by: Alexa Morden
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

A perfect storm of comedic proportions erupts in a DC bookstore over the course of one soggy summer week—narrated by two very different women and punctuated by political turmoil, a celestial event, and a perpetually broken vacuum cleaner.

Independent bookstore owner Sophie Bernstein is burned out on books. Mourning the death of her husband, the...

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The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

By Shauna Robinson
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

I, Maggie Banks, solemnly swear to uphold the rules of Cobblestone Books.

If only, I, Maggie Banks, cared about following the rules.

When Maggie Banks arrives to run her best friend's struggling bookstore, she expects to sell bestsellers to the small-town clientele. But with the town on the map as a top literary destination and the tourist... Read more »

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84, Charing Cross Road

By Helene Hanff
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins, Jill Tanner, Christina Moore, Simon Prebble, Barbara Caruso & Davina Porter
Length: 1 hours 55 minutes

This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a... Read more »

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

By Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books—the only bookstore on Alice Island—has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.

One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his...

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

“What a joyous, charming, funny and beautiful celebration of books and the people who love them. There is so much detail in both the wonderful, wide-ranging cast of characters and in the setting. Quirky in the very best sense of the word. I will certainly return to the world of Nina Hill again and again.”

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The Boy with the Bookstore

By Sarah Echavarre Smith
Narrated by: Donnabella Mortel & Dane Anderson
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

When a baker meets the bookshop owner of her dreams, and he turns into her nemesis, they’ll both have to read between the lines to avoid a career-ending recipe for disaster.

Max Boyson looks good...from a distance. But up close and personal, the tattooed hottie Joelle Prima has been crushing on for the past year and half has turned into the prime... Read more »

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In Praise of Good Bookstores

By Jeff Deutsch
Narrated by: Ako Mitchell
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

This audiobook narrated by Ako Mitchell provides an eloquent and charming reflection on the singular importance of bookstores

Do we need bookstores in the twenty-first century? If so, what makes a good one? In this beautifully written book, Jeff Deutsch—the director of Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstores, one of the finest bookstores in the...

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The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 18 hours 4 minutes

Barcelona, 1945—just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten... Read more »

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel

By Matthew Sullivan
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“Still reeling from witnessing a tragic event many years ago, Lydia is thrown headfirst into yet another tragedy after one of her favorite bookshop patrons commits suicide in the store and mysteriously leaves all his possessions to her. As Lydia follows the thread that he leaves her, she finds out more about him, her town, and even her own past. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a great book that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended for fans of a good mystery.”

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Shelf Life

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

By Nadia Wassef
Narrated by: Vaneh Assadourian
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

The streets of Cairo make strange music: the echoing calls to prayer, the raging insults hurled between drivers, the steady crescendo of horns honking, the shouts of street vendors, the television sets and radios blaring from every sidewalk. Nadia Wassef knows this song by heart. In 2002, with her sister, Hind, and their friend, Nihal, she... Read more »

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A Bookshop in Berlin

The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis

By Françoise Frenkel
Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

A PEOPLE BOOK OF THE WEEK
WINNER OF THE JQ–WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE

“A haunting tribute to survivors and those lost forever—and a reminder, in our own troubled era, never to forget.” —People

An “exceptional” (The Wall Street Journal) and “poignant” (The New York Times) book in the tradition of rediscovered works like Suite Française and The Nazi... Read more »

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The Stationery Shop

By Marjan Kamali
Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes

The Stationery Shop

“I really enjoyed this beautifully written novel that transported me from past to present. The narrative takes you on a bittersweet journey from love to loss amidst a story of strong family bonds. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much in written form because it was so well narrated.”

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With Love from London

A Novel

By Sarah Jio
Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister & Brittany Pressley
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

When a woman inherits her estranged mother’s bookstore in London’s Primrose Hill, she finds herself thrust into the pages of a new story—hers—filled with long-held family secrets, the possibility of new love, and, perhaps, the single greatest challenge of her life.

When Valentina Baker was only eleven years old, her mother, Eloise, unexpectedly... Read more »

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The Sentence

By Louise Erdrich
Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

The Sentence

The Sentence is a ghost story, although it is as comforting as it is haunting. It’s an intimate picture of bookselling, and of bookselling during a pandemic and social justice reckoning, set in Erdrich’s own store in Minneapolis. Its heroine, queer Indigenous ex-con Tookie, is so alive she leaps right off the page—gritty, passionate, and human. Louise Erdrich is a natural storyteller and fabulous narrator—warm and sincere, with perfect timing. This is a book about connection in every way possible. It’s funny and enraging and heartwarming all at once.”

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Much Ado About You

By Samantha Young
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work,... Read more »

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Bibliolepsy

By Gina Apostol
Narrated by: Rachel Coates
Length: 4 hours 46 minutes

Moving, sexy, and archly funny, Gina Apostol's Philippine National Book Award–winning Bibliolepsy is a love letter to the written word and a brilliantly unorthodox look at the rebellion that brought down a dictatorship.

Gina Apostol's debut novel, available for the first time in the US, tells of a young woman caught between a lifelong desire... Read more »

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The Printed Letter Bookshop

By Katherine Reay
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

Books. Love. Friendship. Second chances. All can be found at the Printed Letter Bookshop in the small, charming town of Winsome.

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family...

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Better than Fiction

By Alexa Martin
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: TBA

One of Buzzfeed’s New Romances to Read This Fall!

Love isn’t always by the book in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story.


As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn’t anticipate inheriting her grandma’s bookstore, the Book... Read more »

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The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel

By Nina George
Narrated by: Steve West, Emma Bering & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
 
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The Plot is Murder

Mystery Bookshop

By V. M. Burns
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. Now that she's preparing for her store's grand opening, she's also realizing another dream-penning a cozy mystery that's set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves, her pen has quick-witted Lady Penelope... Read more »

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