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The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller Paperback – 10 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc; New edition edition (10 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423601241
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,969,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

King's English
"The story of The King's English is told with such good humor, such irresistible charm and enthusiasm, that it is easy to see why the store has developed so great a reputation among writers and why it continues to flourish." -Mark Strand, author of Pulitzer prize-winning Blizzard of One
This book is, on its surface, the history of a small, independent bookstore. But it is much more than that. Interwoven with charming anecdotes of author visits, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller is chockful of details about everything from books to business to relationships. Among the dozens of tales, the author recounts her almost-disastrous dinner party given for Isabel Allende, the delightful visit of Sir John Mortimer, and the gossip-inducing reading by John Irving. She also offers insight into the complexities of customer relations and the trials of making it as an independent in the world of chains and superstores. And she talks frankly on subjects from the intrinsic value of poetry in society to the threat of censorship to the importance of community.
Among the highlights of the book are the numerous recommended reading lists on topics including mystery, poetry, fiction, nature, business, and children's literature. The book also includes recommended reading lists from other well-loved independent bookstores across the country.
Filled with wit, passion, a lively voice, and strong opinions, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller is the perfect book lover's book and a refreshing tale of standing up for what you believe in.

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"Don't miss this endearing and funny book about books, about loyal readers, perseverant sellers, crazy authors and the whole magical process of independent bookselling. If you are a reader, "Part memoir, part literary history, part social commentary, this book is a smart and insightful look at life inside an independent bookstore."
-Terry Tempest Williams, Author of The Open Space of Democracy"This is a book of passion, of intellectual integrity, of right ethics- the fascinating story of a woman living a life that has made an indelible difference to all of us who read." -Mark Spragg, Author of An Unfinished Life"Of its kind, and for all it tells us of today's literary world,
Burton's revealing, riveting book has no rival." -Jeannette Haien, Author of The All of It

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