Independent booksellers since 1975 in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia and the home of the delightful customer favorites Bartleby, Mr. Eliot, and Skimbleshanks.
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Meet Frankie and Ezra. They’re about to ‘Party Like It’s 1999,’ if they can remember what happened during the last 24 hours. Find out what happens when you mix exes at a wedding, throw in a little college shenanigans, and stir up a decade-old hatred. Filled with ’90s nostalgia (including dial-up, pay phones, the start of Google, and, yes, online dating), you won’t put this down simply because you’ll want to know what exactly Frankie and Ezra did that night. If you’re looking for a light romance to bring in 2023, here it is! (Only thing missing: A curated list of songs mentioned in the book.)
The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch (List Price: $17, Berkley, 9780593546536, November 2022)
Reviewed by Jenny Gilroy, E. Shaver bookseller in Savannah, Georgia
Copperfish Books opened in 2012 just outside of downtown Punta Gorda. In 2016, we moved to Marion Avenue and in October of 2020 we moved a few blocks away to W. Virginia Avenue. We LOVE Punta Gorda and LOVE being downtown.
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An enthralling tale of imaginary monsters, human devils, and two children navigating life’s horrors 360 years apart. In turn harrowing, tender, and hopeful, the adventure follows a fearless Dutch girl in 1628 aboard the Batavia, which ultimately wrecks near an island off Australia. In 1989, a sensitive boy goes to live on that same island with his gruff grandfather after his mother’s death. There, he learns how to be himself and discovers a magical connection with the girl from the past.
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd, (List Price: $28, Atria Books, 9781982180812, October 2022)
Reviewed by Suzanne Carnes, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida
Opened in 1978, the Fountain Bookstore is an independent, general, full-service bookstore serving the Metro Richmond area and the world!
You will find enthusiastic booksellers happy to talk about their favorite books at Fountain and you will also find a quirky selection of cards, gifts, and more!
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A Pinch of Love is an adorable picture book about spreading love and overcoming hard times through baking. With diverse characters, an emphasis on community, and a colorful quirky art style that is incredibly appealing, this tender book will be perfect to share with little loved ones with a love of baking (or baked goods)!
A Pinch of Love by Barry Timms (List Price: $18.99, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 9780711280199, December 2022)
Reviewed by Julia Lewis, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia
We are a locally-owned community bookstore in beautiful downtown Wake Forest. We sell new books and book-related gifts, as well as host Wake Forest Lit Fest and other author events.
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A modern-day retelling of one of my favorite books as a kid. They don’t change the story, which I liked, they just add some modern takes. So much fun and beautiful. You will want this in your collection!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett (List Price: $18.99, Orchard Books, 9781338673845, November 2022)
Reviewed by Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina
Epilogue is independently owned and operated by Miranda and Jaime Sanchez, both Chapel Hill locals, alongside a talented and dedicated team.
Epilogue aims to be a place where people can gather, whether to cultivate new ideas, learn old ones, or escape into the welcoming atmosphere that books, chocolate, and coffee all provide.
All are welcome here.
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An absolutely stellar guide to modern brujeria. It’s the perfect addition to any young witch/bruja/brujx’s collection. Valeria Rules is such a powerful and authoritative voice in the brujeria world and their guide is all encompassing and inclusive, with careful descriptions of spells, crystals, and terminology as well as cautions against racism and appropriation. In my humble opinion, this is THE guide every one beginning their journey into magic and healing should have on their shelf!
The Mexican Witch Lifestyle by Valeria Ruelas, (List Price: $17.99, Simon Element, 9781982178147, November 2022)
Reviewed by Laney Sheehan, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill, NC
Books on Broad is an independent bookstore and coffee shop in downtown historic Camden, SC selling new, used, and collectible books. Visit us at our downtown location or on our website where over five million book and ebook titles are available for worldwide delivery or local pickup.
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Bookish: An Indie Shop For Folks Who Read opened its doors in August 2018. We have two locations nestled in two quintessential downtown hubs. Our Brunwick Place location focuses on local authors, new fiction and nonfiction titles, a curated selection of used books, and of our expanding children’s section with thoughtful and educational children’s programming. Bookish at the Bakery highlights local presses and the latest fiction and nonfiction. We are Fort Smith’s only independent bookstore that focuses on new titles and author events, our curated selection reflects the interests of our community.
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Books & Books is the Miami area’s premier location for like-minded people to gather, learn and discuss all with a common purpose: a love for books. Books & Books now has five locations, with its flagship store located in Coral Gables.
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Far and away one of my favorite picture books of the year! Beatrice Likes the Dark is a beautifully illustrated, sweet story of sisterhood. Each page is full of heart and whimsical detail. Your inner baby goth or any year-round halloween lovers in your life will need to own this one!
Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Genevieve Tucholke (List Price: $18.95, Algonquin Young Readers, 9781643751573, September 2022)
Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida
Book No Further is an independent bookstore offering new fiction and books on the latest hot topics, along with like-new books for those careful about the environment or their pocketbooks. BNF also carries the works of more than 50 local and regional authors, as well as books about or set in the Roanoke and New River Valleys and the surrounding areas.
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Hilarious and bittersweet, Betty Gilpin’s memoir about her life as an actress is a bit chaotic at times, but in a funny way. She writes as a very successful actress who also struggles with self-doubt and depression. The reader gets to go behind- the -scenes with Gilpin as she stars in various TV shows and movies, describing her work from a feminist perspective and as a veteran of the entertainment industry. Loved it!
All the Women in My Brain by Betty Gilpin, (List Price: $28.99, Flatiron Books, 9781250795786, September 2022)
Reviewed by Lisa Uotinen, Book No Further in Roanoke, Virginia
Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business with two shops in Athens, Georgia. In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens’ Favorite Local Business for seven years in a row! As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide.
We stay true to the “buy local first” mantra, choosing to support independent, locally-owned businesses for supplies whenever possible and opting to work with highly-rated, ethically sound national businesses when a local option isn’t available. When it comes to buying local first, we really do practice what we preach.
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Oh my goodness. I never thought any book would have me weeping more than A Little Life, but Catherine Newman’s We All Want Impossible Things broke that record along the floodgates. This is not to say the novel is a depressing one: in fact, its depictions of life-affirming, forever-friendships veritably burst with love and wit. Newman perfectly captures the confusing contradictions that accompany end-of-life care: the emergencies among the mundanity, the darkly hilarious moments that punctuate the slow-motion, eviscerating heartbreak. Some readers who’ve said goodbye to terminally ill beloveds may find that their wounds are too raw for this novel. I, on the other hand, read it a few months after cancer took a very close friend of mine and I found it to be incredibly cathartic. Many moments were eerily—no, magically!—similar to moments I shared with Becky toward the end. I underlined like mad and scribbled in the margins; more than once I started to make a mental note to share certain excerpts with Becky, knowing she’d recognize herself and our friendship in the words, then remembering she’s not anywhere I can reach her. Five stars. Pairs well with Kathryn Schulz’s Lost & Found and/or Janine Kwoh’s Welcome to the Grief Club.
We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman (List Price: $25.99, Harper, 9780063230897, November 2022)
Reviewed by Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia
Ernest & Hadley Booksellers strives to provide a unique selection of new, used and rare books, and other creative materials from local, regional, and international sources. We seek the input of community members who have a deep love of books and wish to share that passion with others. With a village approach, we provide space for book clubs to meet, authors to hold book signings, and artists to exhibit their craft, as all are essential to our purpose.
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In this story that spans five generations of women in Cuba, Texas and Florida, you come away with a rather complex picture of immigration plights and political and social pressures. The recurring theme is a book—an aptly named book— that unites the women in a beautifully written, heart-wrenching story. It reminds us that every woman is created with multiple layers whether she knows it or not.
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (List Price: $26.99, Flatiron Books, 9781250776686, March 2021)
Reviewed by Easty Lambert-Brown, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Underground Books is a charmingly eccentric bookshop located below street-level in Carrollton, Georgia’s historic downtown. With an emphasis on scholarly used, rare, and antiquarian titles, book lovers will find delightful browsing opportunities in many genres. Explore selections of our more uncommon titles here on our website, where domestic shipping is always free.
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This powerhouse collection of stories brings to vivid life the experiences of a diverse cast of (mostly) women of (mostly) Jamaican descent around the world, from Florida to France to 1950s London to 1960s Panama and beyond. The very first story, “Florida Lives,” about a Black couple who move from San Francisco to Florida only to suffer from the heat, some bats, and their tacky neighbors, is blazoned on my mind and I don’t think I’m ever going to stop thinking about it (or look at tacky neighbors the same way ever again). These stories movingly explore identity, belonging, and home all through the complexities of the Jamaican diaspora, immigration, assimilation, colonialism, racism, sexism, and class—all through a vivid cast of characters who will remain on your mind long after each story ends. I’m not a big short story reader, but this is truly a must-read collection and highly recommended for fans of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies!
The Islands by Dionne Irving, (List Price: $16.95, Catapult, 9781646220663, November 2022)
Reviewed by Megan Bell, Underground Books in Carrollton, Georgia
Flyleaf Books stocks new and used adult and children’s titles. We are locally owned and operated. We welcome special orders and host author events each week (now virtual!).
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Christina Soontornvat’s graphic memoir depicts the challenges & joys of middle school life as a Thai-American in Texas centering around her dream of making the school’s cheer squad. For fans of Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl, Jerry Craft’s New Kid or any of Raina Telgemeier’s many graphic novels.
The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat (List Price: $24.99, Graphix,, 9781338741308, November 2022)
Reviewed by Elese Stutts, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Founded in 2001, Fiction Addiction is the oldest independent bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina. We believe that books can change lives, no matter what you read–even vampire novels count!
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Whether you are a fan of the original 1984 Karate Kid or the 2018 Cobra Kai on Netflix, you will be well versed in this pop culture classic. Ralph Macchio takes you behind the scenes of both the original film and the new series in this new book. You will discover the magic of filmography, and dedication of the actors and directors that created some of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history. But the phenomena that is Karate Kid did not stop with the film, Ralph goes on the describe how his experience of the film and the fans that he interacts with have shaped and changed his life over the years, and helped create Cobra Kai. Waxing On is a nostalgic journey into a pop culture phenomenon that is so relevant to the human condition that it has thrived and adapted to the test of time in ways that makes it as relevant today as it did in 1984.
Waxing On by Ralph Macchio (List Price: $28, Dutton, 9780593185834, October 2022)
Reviewed by Gretchen Shuler, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina