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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

A Memoir, a History
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Lewis Buzbee
A book can open an entire world of experience or provide a recipe for meatloaf. Either is wonderful to Lewis Buzbee, who has spent much of his life in bookstores as a bookseller, a sales representative, and a customer.   In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Buzbee celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore—the smell and touch of books, 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 gradeschool. Interwoven 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 during the 1920s.

Rich with anecdotes, Buzbee offers a delightful look at bookstores past and present. For those who relish the enduring pleasures of spending an afternoon finding just the right book, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is the perfect choice.

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"I cannot remember when I have read a book with such delight."—Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Bookstore

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Lewis  Buzbee
Lewis Buzbee is the author of Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, After the Gold Rush, and Fliegelman’s Desire, as well as three award-winning novels for younger readers, Steinbeck’s Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
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  • “Just as John Masefield’s classic poem ‘Sea Fever’ captures the ocean’s age-old call, Lewis Buzbee defines the equally seductive attraction of the bookstore.”—San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A rousing new tome for book lovers…The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop mixes enthusiastic personal reading recollections with informative passages.”—Time Out New York
  • “When [Lewis Buzbee] describes walking into a bookstore, feasting his eyes on the walls lined with stock, gravitating to the tables stacked with new issues and then discovering some volume so irresistibly beautiful he just has to buy it, you realize that he just doesn't love books, he’s besotted.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Both anecdotal and eloquent, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is a tribute to those who crave the cozy confines of a bookshop, a place to be ‘alone among others’ and savor a bountiful literary buffet.”—Booklist, starred review
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