Seven Stairs: An Adventure of the Heart

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Here in a new, updated edition is the famous story of an ex-GI named Stuart Brent who turned his passion for reading into a bookstore that became a mecca for book lovers across America. His exuberant memoir reveals the strategies and beliefs that made him one of the nation's most colorful and revered independent booksellers. Filled with personal anecdotes about celebrated authors, pioneering publishers and editors, and illustrious customers such as Katharine Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway, The Seven Stairs provides...
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Overview

Here in a new, updated edition is the famous story of an ex-GI named Stuart Brent who turned his passion for reading into a bookstore that became a mecca for book lovers across America. His exuberant memoir reveals the strategies and beliefs that made him one of the nation's most colorful and revered independent booksellers. Filled with personal anecdotes about celebrated authors, pioneering publishers and editors, and illustrious customers such as Katharine Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway, The Seven Stairs provides a rare window on the world of books. For everyone who believes in the power of literacy and the joy of reading, the story shines with conviction and inspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671673949
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/15/1989
  • Series: Touchstone Book Series
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. And Nobody Came 1
2. "Read Your Lease. Goodbye" 5
3. How to Get Started in the Book Business 15
4. Building the Seven Stairs 29
5. The Day My Accountant Cried 49
6. The Man with the Golden Couch 58
7. Farewell to the Seven Stairs 75
8. On the Avenue 87
9. Bark Point 110
10. Hope and I 130
11. My Affair with the Monster 141
12. Life in the Theatre 169
13. Writing and Publishing 179
14. Books and Brent 195
Postscript--1973 207
Postscript--1988 225
One Hundred Best Books 227
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