The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of A Good Book

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Chronicles the efforts of the author and her husband to open and run a small bookstore in a struggling Virginia coal mining community, a pursuit challenged by the difficult economic environment.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250010636
Branch Call Number: 381.45002 WELCH
Characteristics: viii, 291 p. ; 22 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 13, 2019

When Jack Beck and Wendy Welch visited Big Stone Gap, Virginia, they were just looking for somewhere pleasant and peaceful to live. It wasn’t until they saw the big old house for sale that they thought about their secret dream to run a bookstore. Jack was a Scottish folk musician; Wendy had a Ph.D. in folklore. With no idea on earth how to start and run a bookstore, they jumped feet first into this community where they were complete strangers. Welch’s funny and insightful book is probably a poor primer on how to start a bookstore but a great set of lessons on how to make friends and enjoy life.

She writes about how bookstores and libraries function as “third spaces;” i.e., those places that are not home or work, but where we go to interact with other parts of the community around us. It might be a church or a bar or a gym for some people; but for many it is the library or bookstore. The book is also a reminder that buying from local merchants not only keeps those people in business, it also provides connections in a town which can enhance everyone’s life. It’s a fine book about fitting into a community.

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Anita_Dickey
Nov 27, 2018

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book involving a bookstore or library. it isn't really a continous story, more like a group of short stories involving some of the same characters. rather like diary entries. was pretty adverage, nothing spectacular. i didn't feel like i wasted my time, but i didn't gain anything from it either.

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Dngies12
Jul 10, 2017

A very down home story that made me feel like I was listening to the life of a good friend. The later chapters seemed a bit bogged down, but in the end, I'm happy to have read it.

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bbb1771
Jan 23, 2013

An comfortable, approachable book that should be read by any avid reader that has ever fantasized about quitting the rat race and opening a book store.

ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"Chronicles the efforts of the author and her husband to open and run a small bookstore in a struggling Virginia coal mining community, a pursuit challenged by the difficult economic environment, widespread transitions away from hard-copy books and numerous eccentric patrons." Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=578249

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