The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (Hardcover)

A Memoir, a History

By Lewis Buzbee

Graywolf Press, 9781555974503, 180pp.

Publication Date: May 30, 2006

List Price: 17.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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

"November, a dark, rainy Tuesday, late afternoon. This is my ideal time to be in a bookstore. The shortened light of the afternoon and the idleness and hush of the hour gather everything close, the shelves and the books and the few other customers who graze head-bent in the narrow aisles. I've come to find a book."

In "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop," Buzbee, a former bookseller and sales representative, 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 grade school. Interwoven throughout is a
fascinating historical account of the bookseller's trade from the great Alexandria library with an estimated one million papyrus scrolls to Sylvia Beach's famous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, which led to the extraordinary effort to publish and sell James Joyce's "Ulysses "during the 1920s.

Rich with anecdotes, "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop "is the perfect choice for those who relish the enduring pleasures of spending an afternoon finding just the right book.

About the Author

Lewis Buzbee is the author of "Fliegelman's Desire "and "After the Gold Rush. "He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.