One of the best ways to get a feel for a destination is to go to a local bookstore. I’m not talking about one of the mega chains, I’m talking about the small, quaint ones that are oozing with personality, history and stories.Thanks to author and beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein for creating “Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores,” a collection of paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished bookstores.

According to Amazon, “The collection of 75 evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.

The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Garrison Keillor and many more.

Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.”

Grab it: Grab “Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores” by Bob Eckstein on Amazon for $11.77 (or through Penguin Random House).

More: “Bookstores, the Amazon resistance” by Bob Eckstein


Johnny Jet

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