It would be hard for me to name my favorite independent bookstore. Probably the last one I visited. A favorite bookstore story happened in the Scotland Yard Book Store in Winnetka, IL. (Unfortunately, they have closed their doors) I went in one day to buy several paperbacks to give to a couple of friends who were flying to Australia and New Zealand. I asked for help in selecting mysteries that were set in these two countries. Three other people, who were perusing the bookshelves in this small charming store, overheard my request and soon got into the act adding their suggestions to the ones the proprietor of the shop was making. Smiling from ear to ear, I left the bookstore with three wrapped books for my friends to share on a long flight. People who read and love bookstores are the best!
My favorite quote about bookstores comes from my oldest granddaughter. Moving with her family to a small town in Wyoming, she asked her mother, “Where is the bookstore?” When told there was none she said, “What kind of a town is this anyway?” PS: Turned out it was a great experience for her.
84 Charing Cross Road features Academy Award winners Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Helen Hanff (Bancroft), a feisty New York writer, mails a letter to a small London bookshop requesting some rare English classics. Frank Doel (Hopkins), the reserved English bookseller, answers her request, beginning a touching and humorous correspondence that spans two continents and two decades. WONDERFUL!