That Bookstore At Mountebanq

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I sometimes think back to a time before the the big box revolution, a time when almost every bookstore was locally owned and the size of a shop never exceeded a city block (unless you live in Portland, OR., home of Powell's). My first bookstore was Pickwick Books in Pine Bluff. The name(Pickwick, whats a 'Pickwick'), the books, and the people that worked and frequented the place created a magically insular vibe that enabled me to read browse read for hours. I don't think (with the exception of Powell's, there's always Powell's) that I have ever spent more time in a Barnes n Borders, in a single visit, than I would (as a youth) regularly spend at the Pickwick.....

That Bookstore At Mountebanq is an independent bookstore. Locally owned and operated and it feels that way. Its nice to know where you are instead of where someone else wants you to be. When you go into the big box its all about the product, do you have the book or don't you? When you walk into a real bookstore it's like walking into somewhere cause it's where YOU want to be..It is unique....Next time you go to a Barnes n Borders liken it to what it feels like when you walk into a McDonald's with all the fluorescent lights and fabricated bric a brac that is big box culture.....

Barnes n Borders is the cultural equivalent of McDonald's....compare burgers made out back on grill w/family or friends w/ BIG MAC in a box.....fresh out da microwaveeeeeeeve

how bout the new 'hot' hardcover fiction that you must have, must be seen with, tucked between your elbow and hip as you walk through the airport or stuck on your shelf....you don't even have to read it..you just have to be seen with it.

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this goes out to J.M., man you must never have visited many independent bookstores, people that own bookstores freaking love books, they want you to buy books..im sorry you didn't feel comfortable when you were last at TBAM . you will find that people who work in bookstores or music shops usually have strong opinions when it comes to their chosen passion. often, the 'dismal train wreck' is a writer or musician himself/herself. don't worry about someone you might think doesn't want you in their store, if the sign says 'open' you can be pretty sure they are looking for some business. most independent book/music store clerks aren't going to carry on like the typical big box salesman. .the typical indy bookstore clerk is just treating you like they would want to be treated if they were in your place.

"you're free to browse, if you have any questions just ask."

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★★★★☆

I sometimes think back to a time before the the big box revolution, a time when almost every bookstore was locally owned and the size of a shop never exceeded a city block (unless you live in Portland, OR., home of Powell's). My first bookstore was Pickwick Books in Pine Bluff. The name(Pickwick, whats a 'Pickwick'), the books, and the people that worked and frequented the place created a magically insular vibe that enabled me to read browse read for hours. I don't think (with the exception of Powell's, there's always Powell's) that I have ever spent more time in a Barnes n Borders, in a single visit, than I would (as a youth) regularly spend at the Pickwick.....

That Bookstore At Mountebanq is an independent bookstore. Locally owned and operated and it feels that way. Its nice to know where you are instead of where someone else wants you to be. When you go into the big box its all about the product, do you have the book or don't you? When you walk into a real bookstore it's like walking into somewhere cause it's where YOU want to be..It is unique....Next time you go to a Barnes n Borders liken it to what it feels like when you walk into a McDonald's with all the fluorescent lights and fabricated bric a brac that is big box culture.....

Barnes n Borders is the cultural equivalent of McDonald's....compare burgers made out back on grill w/family or friends w/ BIG MAC in a box.....fresh out da microwaveeeeeeeve

how bout the new 'hot' hardcover fiction that you must have, must be seen with, tucked between your elbow and hip as you walk through the airport or stuck on your shelf....you don't even have to read it..you just have to be seen with it.

p.s.
this goes out to J.M., man you must never have visited many independent bookstores, people that own bookstores freaking love books, they want you to buy books..im sorry you didn't feel comfortable when you were last at TBAM . you will find that people who work in bookstores or music shops usually have strong opinions when it comes to their chosen passion. often, the 'dismal train wreck' is a writer or musician himself/herself. don't worry about someone you might think doesn't want you in their store, if the sign says 'open' you can be pretty sure they are looking for some business. most independent book/music store clerks aren't going to carry on like the typical big box salesman. .the typical indy bookstore clerk is just treating you like they would want to be treated if they were in your place.

"you're free to browse, if you have any questions just ask."

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Like another reviewer mentioned, That Bookstore has a nice variety of books, but they are nearly all priced at the "suggested retail price." If you are looking for a bargain, you probably won't find it at That Bookstore.

The owner is a book expert, but I've never been in her store and felt welcome. In fact, I always get the impression that I have annoyed her by coming in. This has happened to me one too many times, so I won't be going back.

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Like another reviewer mentioned, That Bookstore has a nice variety of books, but they are nearly all priced at the "suggested retail price." If you are looking for a bargain, you probably won't find it at That Bookstore.

The owner is a book expert, but I've never been in her store and felt welcome. In fact, I always get the impression that I have annoyed her by coming in. This has happened to me one too many times, so I won't be going back.

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This is a true bookstore. The woman who owns it is usually working, and she is incredibly helpful if you have a question about books. Although the books tend to be more expensive here than going somewhere like Hastings, I like to support this quaint bookshop because it carries books that Hastings probably hasn't even heard of.

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This is a true bookstore. The woman who owns it is usually working, and she is incredibly helpful if you have a question about books. Although the books tend to be more expensive here than going somewhere like Hastings, I like to support this quaint bookshop because it carries books that Hastings probably hasn't even heard of.

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