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The Bookshop Strikes Back

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
One morning, Ann Patchett woke up to find her city no longer had a bookshop. Surely, she thought, someone would open another. So she waited, daydreaming all the while about the bookshops of her childhood: ones that valued books over muffins; where staff passionately introduced readers to new writing; where buying a book was a social experience. And then she decided to take ...more
Paperback, 20 pages
Published June 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury (first published November 2012)
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Feb 28, 2016 Sinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographien
Es ist ein kleines Buch - es ist eine kurze Rezension. Als Buchhändler fühlt man sich - vor Allem, wenn man nicht in einer Kettenbuchhandlung arbeitet - ja durchaus mit den eigenen Leidensgenossen verbunden. Und deshalb liest man (oft auch nur heimlich), wie andere das Dasein in der "Schicksalsgenossenschaft Buch- und Verlagswesen" fristen.

Ann Patchett hat mit 'Aus Liebe zum Buch' eine kleine Liebeserklärung abgegeben. Anders als viele andere empfinde ich das Büchlein allerdings nicht als Hommag
Fraencis Daencis

Die Autorin Ann Patchettlebt in Nashville und bemerkt eines Tages, dass es in ihrer Heimatstadt keinen einzigen, unabhängigen Buchladen mehr gibt. Schnell ist für sie klar, dass sie daran etwas ändern muss. Doch eigentlich will sie selbst gar nicht in dem Buchladen arbeiten. Und sie hat auch keine Idee, wie man ein Unternehmen führt. Doch wie es der Zufall so will, hat eine ihrer Freundinnen den Willen, eine Buchhandlung zu eröffnen - nur hat sie kein Geld. Die beiden schließen sich zusammen und

Russell Clark
Sep 22, 2013 Russell Clark rated it it was amazing
This is a great insight into the life of a real book lover. I recommend it to all those true to real pages and beautiful glossy covers, anyone with a soft spot for the smell of ink on fibrous leafs that are filled with the most precious of items. The paths into new worlds through the imagination or reality of our human condition.

I bought my copy of this from the best independent bookshop in Bath, UK. "Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights" and we are lucky to have two other independent bookshops i
Patricia Kaiser
Mar 03, 2016 Patricia Kaiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine wirklich schöne Geschichte und eine Hommage an den unabhängigen Buchhandel. Man möchte nach den 52 groß bedruckten kleinformatigen Textseiten sofort zu seinem Buchhändler aufbrechen, um ihm zu versichern, dass Buchhandlungen und gedruckte Bücher eine Notwendigkeit im Leben aller Lesenden sind.
Titel: Ein Statement, aber nicht mehr...

Dieses kleine Büchlein sprang mir ins Auge, weil es optisch einfach für bibliophile Menschen gemacht scheint und der Titel auf Buchliebhaber magisch anziehend wirkt. Von der Autorin kannte ich bisher nichts.

Im Buch selbst geht es darum wie die berühmte Autorin Ann Patchett, von der ich bisher noch nie etwas gehört hatte, in ihrer Heimatstadt Nashville einen Buchladen eröffnet.

Ich hatte mir ehrlich gesagt eine Erzählung über ein tolles Projekt erhofft, aber
Feb 09, 2014 Colin rated it it was ok
I love what she has to say. It's great that the local bookshop can make a comeback in this age of online mass deliveries, but ultimately this is still a tiny pamphlet containing a short, reprinted magazine article - 10 minutes of reading for two quid - and if you're trying to make the point that discount books aren't necessarily better, this is perhaps not a good way to start.
Carlee Easton
Jul 14, 2013 Carlee Easton rated it really liked it
A little taste of a book yet to come, The Bookshop Strikes Back is short and powerful. Novelist Ann Patchett weaves the tale of how she came to open a bookstore in an e-book centered world. Power to the local bookstores!
Corinna Bub
Jan 31, 2016 Corinna Bub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine kurze Vorabinfo: Dieses gebundene Buch ist eine Geschenkbandausgabe und hat lediglich 64 Seiten, davon 48 tatsächliche "Leseseiten". 2012 erschien die Erzählung unter dem Titel "The bookstores strikes back" in der Atlantic Monthly (Online Zeitung) und 2013 in Ann Patchetts Essaysammlung "This is a Story of a Happy Marriage".

Eine ausführliche Rezension würde wohl die Seitenzahl dieses kleinen Büchleins übersteigen, daher werde ich mich kurz halten. Auf wenigen Buchseiten erzählt die amerikan
Jan 24, 2014 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a work of non-fiction, but reads like a short story. The author is the protagonist. She is a novelist who lives in Nashville. The inciting incident is the closing-down of the last bookshop in the city. The antagonists are the unpredictability of the retail book market, and the main character’s own self-doubt.

This is not life-writing, in my opinion. It reads more like an adventure story. The best life-writing is about characters rather than events. This story is about events rather than
3.5 stars.
Apr 16, 2015 Bridget rated it liked it
Ann Patchett is a fabulous writer, and I do like what she has to say about books and bookstores. This is a great article, but like the other reviewers, I wonder why this was printed. You can read the article (or something extremely similar) at the Atlantic:, but I would love if she collaborated with other authors and collected a group of essays and articles about their experiences and memories regarding bookstores.

Loved the writing and cover, but confused
Jan 23, 2016 Olaf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is novelist Ann Patchett´s short essay about how she became an independent bookseller (almost) by accident. This is a short, but powerful statement about the necessity for small and local shops, who can be part of a community. However, it is also not very groundbreaking, because she is merely repeating arguments heard a thousand times before, and, of course, she is merely preaching to the already converted. I doubt that she reaches anyone beyond those who already care. From a novelist of ...more
Sandra | Büchernische
"Aus Liebe zum Buch" ist nicht so sehr eine Liebeserklärung an bedrucktes Papier, denn vielmehr eine Liebeserklärung der Autorin Ann Pratchett an sich selbst, es mit viel Geld geschafft zu haben, einen Buchladen zu gründen, für den sie mit ihrem Bekanntheitsgrad Werbung trommelt, während die restliche, eigentliche Arbeit des Buchhändlers ihrer Mitgründerin Karen Hayes anzurechnen ist. Schade, ich hatte von diesem kleinen schmalen Buch etwas mehr als eine reine PR-Aktion erwartet.
Jun 18, 2016 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the idea behind this very much. You go Karen Hayes! And thank you Ann Patchett for starting/manifesting this trend and spreading the word. Little bookstores with staff that has all it's favorites on the shelves are what makes buying printed books so magical. And it's a magic I wouldn't want to miss, my favorite bookstore has ladders to climb, armchairs to sit in and isn't bigger than 40 squaremeter.
Jun 03, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
gelesen im Rahmen der Sommerchallenge

1) Was mir gefiel

Dass es um Buchhandelgeht, die Aufmachung des Buches ist hübsch

2) Was mir nicht gefiel

Die Ich-Erzählerin, die sich meiner Meinung nach selbst zu wichtig nimmt

3) Lieblingscharakter

Die Geschäftspartnerin Karen

4) Empfehlung

Ein nettes Geschenk für Bibliophile.
Jun 23, 2016 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kleine Geschichte über eine Schriftellerin und eine Buchhandlung. Suß und lustig.

Piccolo racconto autobiografico di una scrittrice che compra una libreria perché altrimenti nella sua cittá non ne sarebbe rimasta aperta neanche una (Amazon é il male). Dolce e divertente.
Charlotte Harper
Aug 22, 2013 Charlotte Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I adored this. I read it on National Bookshop Day, with a glass of wine, and cried tears of nostalgia for bookshops lost, of happiness for those still thriving, and of admiration, for the author and her business partner. Wonderful.
Jul 25, 2014 Simone rated it it was amazing
An elegant little essay on the (optimistic) future of the bookstore. Also included in her latest collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Go Ann!
Mugren Al-Ohaly
Jun 24, 2013 Mugren Al-Ohaly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Why was this even published on paper? Of course a famous author will be able to open up her own "independent" bookshop.
Aug 14, 2013 Zoe rated it really liked it
A passionate author pleading the case for the community of bookshops! If you love your local bookshop, please support it! Cute little novella with a very valid point.
May 23, 2014 Lila rated it really liked it
I actually read this as part of This is the Story of a Happy Marriage rather than as the stand-alone book.
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Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.

She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live. Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog. If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home. "Home is ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination."

Patchett attended hi
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