The little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book. Nonfiction Book Review: The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch. . St. Martin’s, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978 2019-03-03

The little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book Rating: 8,3/10 1414 reviews

Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap A Memoir of Friendship Community & the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book: Wendy Welch: Hardcover: 9781250010636: Powell's Books

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

Well, we both had a good time, and the book was chatty and nice, but I think we had an unspoken understanding early on that this wasn't going to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. I liked how they originally intended to impose a no cell phone policy but before they got around to posting a sign, they noticed that the vast majority of cell phone talkers in the store were talking about the store itself. I felt as though I was having the heart-to-heart I desperately needed. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. I was reminded of some of the entries in and its related volumes, which I wore to pieces back in the 1990s before such reference works were completely supplanted by the internet.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap is the story of the little bookstore that could: how two people, two cats, two dogs, and thirty-eight thousand books helped a small town find its heart. Wendy Welch and her Scottish husband, Jack Beck, bought a charming, huge Victorian home in the town of Big Stone Gap, West Virginia, with the sole intent of transforming it into a used bookstore. Wendy Welch and her husband, Scottish-born Jack Beck, leave the Snake Pit of her current job to find a quiet, more relaxed life. It is a joy to see the transitions that Wendy and Jack experience, and how a bookstore can be a magnet for heartbreaking stories and a hub of community spirit. I guess she thinks highly of her own opinions.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap A Memoir of Friendship Community and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, Wendy Welch. (Hardcover 1250010632)

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

With warmth and humor, Welch details the small successes and large missteps along the path to finding a place in a community. Her husband, Jack is Scottish and she travelled, therefore there is an unexpected flavour of universality. They also had no idea how to run a bookstore. If Wendy's friend made that effort, it left a bad impression not to clarify that. Her husband, on the other hand, seemed l Well. You've inspired me to pull up my bootstraps and dust off the My love letter to Wendy Welch: Wendy, can I call you Wendy? However, the Beck-Welch team was undaunted and Wendy, in her breezy, humorous style carries her readers through their many experiences as they built their inventory of books and friendships. I felt I got to know them fairly well.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

I enjoyed her stories, but Wendy's writing needed some editing because it could be tedious. An inspiring true story about losing your place, finding your purpose, and building a community one book at a time. Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so when they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town, they seized an unexpected opportunity to pursue their dream. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. Her clear prose sparkles with personality in this heartening tale of the perils and rewards of following one's dream. I made myself read it more slowly when the pages under my right hand became a smaller stack than the pages under my left. What saved her is that she placed I Capture the Castle in her top ten books-it is also in mine.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book (Paperback)

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so when they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town, they seized an unexpected opportunity to pursue thier dream. Description An inspiring true story about losing your place, finding your purpose, and building a community one book at a time. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business - they built a community. A book about losing your place, finding your purpose, and immersing yourself in what holds community, and humanity, together—books Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore. This book tells their story.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap A Memoir of Friendship Community and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, Wendy Welch. (Hardcover 1250010632)

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

When she describes a scene in which she nearly laughed in the face of an adult who wants to learn to read, I wanted to punch her in the face. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business - they built a community. They didn't realize the stories they would gather as they moved forward in their journey, and how the ripple effect of the bookstore would change not just them, but others as well. A treasure of a book about books. What started as a fun read about a couple who decides to follow their dream of owning a used bookstore in quiet Appalachia turns into an annoying series of essays by an author who becomes increasingly unlikable. You read this book and feel you've made a friend. Don't fly those flags at half-staff yet.

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The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch

the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

I really became engaged to the character of this story, mainly Wendy, Jack and the cats, Beulah and Val-Kyttie. It does not, only 391. If I lived within a couple hours' drive of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, I would be there in a heartbeat. Which is also the only reason I read it, although I moved it around on my coffee table for three months before I undertook the task of reading it. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business - they built a community. Took some time off over the holiday break, curled up with a hot cup of tea and your book before a roaring fire.

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the little bookstore of big stone gap a memoir of friendship community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book

Add in the elements of pre-loved books, in-love bookstore owners, and to-fall-in-love with local characters, and you have The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, a story to thrill anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a bookstore and which book lover hasn't? Starting a used bookstore in a small Appalachian town during the decline-of-the-book era may seem like rank folly, but the project—and the book—turn out to be anything but foolish. I rarely read books again but this one will be read again. Wendy brings a sense of humor and compassion to her story, sharing the trials and tribulations on opening and running a new bookstore. I checked it out feeling a little bit embarrassed to be so thrilled by it all, but the librarian seemed quite pleased by my enthusiasm. There were some anecdotes, but details? I read this book as part of some research that I'm doing as part of writing my business plan I'm working on a book related business idea. Spontaneity is great, but so is having done even the most cursory google search on your dream, especially when you're actually making steps towards that dream.

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