The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

by Lewis Buzbee
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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History by Lewis Buzbee

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555970000
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 06/25/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 771,882
File size: 2 MB

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.


Lewis Buzbee is a former bookseller and sales rep (for Chronicle Books), and the author of the acclaimed adult memoir, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, published by Graywolf Press in June 2006. A native Californian, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the children's books Steinbeck's Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time.

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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING IN IT ABOUT BOOKS, BOOKSTORES AND EVEN THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST BOOKS AND BOOK SELLERS. LOTS OF HONEST INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND BOOK SELLERS WORKS. A MUST READ IF YOU LOVE BOOKS. I READ THIS ON MY NOOK AND FOUND MYSELF BOOKMARKING MANY PAGES. I LOVED READING ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S FAVORITE BOOKSTORES. THIS BOOK IN AN HONEST ACCOUNT ABOUT HOW THINGS WORK IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS. I WOULD ADD ONE MORE STAR IF I COULD.
Maximillian More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book for booksellers. I'm sure there could be a sequel or an updated edition, but I learned a lot and was thoughtfully entertained by this little book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For people who love books, there can be no better subject than books themselves. Lewis Buzbee has created a work that is simply wonderful and wonderfully simple. Any book worm, bookseller, book-writer, book-lover will appreciate his history with the written word, as well as the informative, fascinating history of books which he presents beautifully. I found myself laughing, agreeing and relating with the turn of every page. An absolute must for any who lusts after books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, story, and insights. The author tells incredibly delightful stories and when he speaks/writes with his great command of the language, it is easy to invoke images in your head of his own memories. A great book for any book lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this little gem. Although Mr. Buzbee has come kicking and complaining into the digital age of bookdom, he is right about so much. Read this on my NOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was missing something... let's see? A story line!! Lewis Buzbee seems to live under a rainbow umbrella, believing that "booksellers" (these are retail sales people at Waldenbooks, etc.), have, and continue to shape the world as we know it. If it weren't for the little bits of interesting history scattered throughout the book, I would have just quit at page 50. And now I wish I would have anyway. Don't get me wrong, I fully appreciate retail sales people. I worked in the lingerie dept. of Dillard's years ago, but I didn't have any delusions of grandeur that if I didn't get to the White House right away and fit Nancy Reagan, that the Oval Office was going to fall apart. I do understand that the printing and distribution of books throughout history was a legitimately noble and important contribution to society... agreed. But Mr. Buzbee has an inflated sense of his personal contribution, and that of his co-workers and peers. Please don't waste your time on this book.
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Maertel More than 1 year ago
Great little book! Yet, I'm curious about some odd ommisions. With all the author's love for Steinbeck, why no mention of the first pages OF MICE AND MEN which rank way beyond THE GRAPES OF WRATH for an opening? And, what about covering the contrasting role/contributions of Independents vs Chain in supporting the small book press, notably the ones which create handmade books...? And, have the Out of Print sections of websites like Barnes and Noble which take our orders directly to Independents helped their profits...? Hope to see an update in future editions!
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MommaB More than 1 year ago
What an excellent book! If you are a book lover, you will really enjoy this book. It chronicles the writers experiences in the book business along with giving you a great history of bookselling.
Noticer More than 1 year ago
Book is well written, fast moving and interesting especially if you are familiar with San Francisco and Bay Area as well as have a love for books. If you are interested in having a book store shows the pitfalls as well as the blessings. Great read!
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