We live about an hour’s drive away from Louisville. It’s a bigger city than Lexington, and I don’t visit very often. So when I am there, I never quite remember where things are, or how to get from one of the city’s unique neighborhoods to another. Which means that I can’t pinpoint exactly where the delightful Carmichael’s Bookstores are, but I do recall that the location we visited (there are three) is on the corner, on a street of charming stores, restaurants, and a delicious coffee shop.
The original Carmichael’s location opened in 1978, and the tiny collection of family-owned bookstores has been going strong ever since.
The one we happened into is small, but it’s filled to the brim with an impressive collection of books, book-related and bookish gifts, and – another favorite of mine – puzzles. There may not be a lot of space here, but there’s an awful lot to browse through.
When you find yourself in Louisville, be sure to pay a visit to at least one of the Carmichaels!
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“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”
“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”
“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books … birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them!”
Elizabeth von Arnim
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
“The art of reading is … an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us; when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“When I … looked round at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might read or dream or idle exactly as I chose with never a creature to disturb me, how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that has brought me here and given me a heart to understand my own blessedness.”
Elizabeth von Arnim