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Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For twenty years, from 1977 to 1997, Books & Co. was one of the premier independent bookstores in the country. Stocking a wide range of quality fiction and nonfiction, Books & Co. was the kind of bookstore writers and readers dream about: a place where reading was an adventure, where interesting works would always be available, where writers would congregate to ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 368 pages
Published October 11th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Summary: The story of Jeanette Watson and Books & Co., once one of the premier independent bookstores in New York City, connecting readers with books and their writers until their closing in 1997.

Jeanette Watson is the grand-daughter of the founder of IBM, and the daughter of Thomas Watson, Jr. who built the company into a computer industry leader. A reader from childhood, this daughter of wealth spent her early adult years working in early childhood education, mental health care, and going
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Jeanette Watson is an amazing woman and this book is a fun read. Makes you sorry the store is gone.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although it is a little dry, the 20 year history of of Books & Co. was well worth reading.

Don't skip the Preface or the Introduction. You'll be sorry you missed them.

Jeannette Watson wanted to create a bookstore that was a warm and welcoming place where authors and readers could meet and talk about books, where new authors could be mentored while writing and new readers could be introduced to good literature. Bookstore is the story of why she did it, how she did it, and how it affected the
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Interesting approach to writing a "biography" of a fabled NYC literary bookstore and its owner. There's no explicit timeline given and the biographical sketches are in the form of anecdotal comments and memories about the store. It manages to be both interesting (if a bit hard to get into) and depressing. If an independent bookstore financed by an IBM heiress (this comes up a lot) and patronized by Fran Leibowitz, Carlos Fuentes, Jeannette Moreau and Woody Allen, among others, can't make it, ...more
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
A biography of an iconic New York City bookstore. Or maybe it should be called an oral history--it's written by journalist Lynne Tillman but told in the voice (and presumably the words) of store founder and owner Jeannette Watson, interspersed with quotes from literary luminaries, former employees, and (somewhat randomly) other owners of independent bookstores. The store sounds like it was an amazing place in its heyday, but the book was just so-so. After awhile it seemed primarily to be a ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I envy Jeannette Watson.
For almost twenty years,
she ran an independent bookstore
in New York City patronized by the country's
greatest writers and thinkers.
She writes, "There's a significance...---
almost a drama---in introducing readers to
books. Dramatic because books can and do
change people's lives."
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
The story of the 'most interesting bookshop' in NYC and the woman who started it and ran it. It consists of comments and stories from famous authors and customers. Anyone interested in the inner workings of a bookstore will be interested.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read. Believe it or not, this account of a one-time New York City bookstore is extremely interesting and very readable. A must for lovers of books and book people.
Scott Fuchs
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever been in any facet of the book business, as well as to any lover of reading.
Shelves: new-york
This book recalled some fond memories of a store [and staff] with which I had a close association for a number of years.
Most sadly, it is now gone. All hail Jeanette and Peter!
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it
If ever a model for today's bookstore exists this is it. Fascinating and tedious all at the same time. Susann lent it to me and I am not able to put it down. Well mostly not able to put it down.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an oral history-style memoir of the famed-but-sadly-now-defunct Manhattan bookstore Books & Co. And I read it because I'm a nerd.
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Here’s an Author’s Bio. It could be written differently. I’ve written many for myself and read lots of other people’s. None is right or sufficient, each slants one way or the other. So, a kind of fiction – selection of events and facts.. So let me just say: I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old. That I actually do write stories and novels and essays, and that they get published,