buy a book!

If you’re wanting to find a copy of any of the books that I review or recommend here, or anytime you’re looking to buy books, I hope you’ll buy them from your local bookseller.

But if you don’t have a local, independent bookstore near you … or if you’d rather order a book online, right away, the lovely folks at (most of) these bookstores offer online or over-the-phone ordering. But be sure to get in touch with them directly to find out the best method of interacting with them. If you do order remotely, you’ll still be supporting a local, independent bookstore, even if it’s not in your own town. How’s that for a bookish win-win?

And whenever you find yourself close to one or more of these, be sure to stop in for a visit!


Here’s an alphabetical list of some of our favorite new, used, and new-and-used bookstores. (If you’d prefer, we’ve also arranged the list by city & state as well.) Be sure to check back here often, as we’ll continue to travel, visit fabulous independent bookstores, and add them to our list!


Battery Park Book Exchange

Asheville, North Carolina  |  828-252-0020  |  website


Black Swan Books

Lexington, Kentucky  |  859-252-7255  |  website


Book Corner … Novel Cat introduction coming soon

Bloomington, Indiana |  812-339-1522


Brier Books

no longer a bricks-and-mortar shop, but their website is still active


The Captain’s Bookshelf

Asheville, North Carolina  |  828-253-6631  |  website


Carmichael’s Bookstore

Louisville, Kentucky  |  502-896-6950  |  website


Caveat Emptor … Novel Cat introduction coming soon

Bloomington, Indiana  |  812-332-9995  |  website


Joe’s Place

Greenville, South Carolina  |  864-558-0828  |  website


M. Judson Booksellers … Novel Cat introduction coming soon

Greenville, South Carolina  |  864-603-2412  |  website  


Poor Richard’s Books

Frankfort, Kentucky  |  502-223-8018  |  website  


Union Ave Books … Novel Cat introduction coming soon

Knoxville, Tennessee  |  865-951-2180  |  website 


Viewpoint Books  Novel Cat introduction coming soon

Columbus, Indiana  |  812-376-0778  |  website


Village Lights Bookstore

Madison, Indiana  |  812-265-1800  |  website  



If none of the bookstores we’ve listed here are close enough, and you’d like to find one near you, visit IndieBound and click on the big red button that says, “Locate an Independent, Local Bookstore.”


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