Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers

Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers
By Bob Eckstein

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A New York Times Bestseller

From the beloved New Yorker cartoonist comes a collection of paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished bookstores. 

This collection of 75 evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories. 

The book features an incredible roster of great bookstores from across the globe and stories from writers, thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Lethem, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Philip Glass, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Garrison Keillor and many more.  

Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #28076 in Books
  • Brand: Clarkson Potter Publishers
  • Published on: 2016-10-04
  • Released on: 2016-10-04
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.05" h x .77" w x 8.70" l, 1.25 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 176 pages


  • Clarkson Potter Publishers

Editorial Reviews

"Enchanting paintings...colorful quotes and anecdotes, a testimony to the continuing vibrancy of print books." – USA Today

“Flat-out lovely. This might be a perfect book for holiday giving. But you might want to buy two copies, and keep one for yourself."  – Star Tribune

"Bibliophiles will rejoice at this beautiful collection celebrating the history and lure of independent bookshops worldwide.”  – Shelf Awareness

"Footnotes visually illustrates why these shops are so beloved. Eckstein, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, has beautifully painted 75 of the most storied purveyors from around the world.” – The Globe and Mail

New Yorker cartoonist Eckstein has created a love letter to independent bookstores around the world.” Kirkus Review 

"In a time when it seems that brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing at a rapid clip, this book celebrates those very places, giving us an inside look into the cherished community of local bookshops." -Smithsonian Magazine

“Absolutely wonderful. In time Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores will be a beautiful historical document, and it’s surely one for the shelves of any true bibliophile.”  – Reading Addicts

"This would look great stacked on top of other random books cascading out of your Strand tote bag for a picture that says, 'I just got back from spending a shit ton at the bookstore.’ “  – Above

"There's a good chance that if you're buying a book for someone, that they're a person who likes the feel and nostalgia of bookstores. In fact, Goldin says bookstores are rather popular subject matter. But among the plethora of books on the topic, Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores by Bob Eckstein still stands out.” – Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company 

“Celebrates these unique places while also highlighting concerns about the future...filled with emotional investment, inspiration, and endless stories from the people who run bookstores and those who love them.“ – BookWitty

“Charming.” ­– Miami Herald

"Wonderful homage."– Reader’s Digest

One of the Wall Street Journal’s "Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016"

“A national treasure.” - David Plotz, Slate

"A truly stunning book with beautiful images of some amazing bookshops this is a lovely read and a great collectable to cherish forever." - Books Bird
"It's WONDERFUL!!! Beautiful, fun to read, interesting.” Roz Chast

About the Author
Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster)His cartoons, OpEds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, Barron’s, Readers Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, among many others. He was a columnist for the Village Voice, New York Newsday, and Time Out New York. He has been interviewed in over 100 TV, radio and magazine spots including Good Morning America and People magazine.

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4Such a lovely reservoir
By blanca
After some tests at school, I used to trot off to the bookstore near my house in return to my efforts and persistence toward that. I was unable to buy all books I crave for. I had to struggle against my lust to read all books. It was tough agony for a little child to bear. I remember those bittersweet moments when I got close to the resister. The middle-aged man was friendly but didn’t seem to guess those issues inside of me. Because of that, I was always happy to step in the bookstore but had to step out in thirsty for left books in there. I longed to live for good in bookstores, I long to be buried in bookstores like Michael Cunningham. (Don’t take me wrong. He is alive now.) I cannot peruse all books so I had to compromise with myself.
This book seems to me as the precious reservoir for me in this sense. The author Bob’s gathered a variety of tales related to bookstores across the world and provided those with his exquisite illustrations. Particularly I was enchanted by the eloquent, rarely frank confession from bookstore owners. They reveal the attractive anecdotes with celebrities and crippling publishing industry. But as always those people in reading are not mortified. I was able to feel some undefeated hope about books. I’d like to engrave Garrison Keillor’s words. “But everything is ripe for revival.” I’m with him. Because I cannot trample on my dream in my childhood easily. I cannot imagine the world without books.

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3Beautiful, beautiful gift book
By Amazon Customer
Beautiful, beautiful gift book. However, it arrived with the inner section not totally glued to the book base. As the book is designed as a special art section affixed to the covers, it's obvious. I re-glued myself and is fine but a disappointment to receive in this condition and honestly didn't think it was worth returning when I could break out the glue myself. Someone's not paying attention in quality control; otherwise, a beautiful book that in itself deserves 5 stars.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5pleasant surprise
By Amazon Customer
This was a shock in a good way. I would recommend this as a unique gift to any reader. PICS AND ARTWORK is very nice, and the book is quality. I cant say enough good things.

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