Shades Of Words

The Yellow Lighted Bookshop

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excerpt-buzbee-cover-full;init_What can be more wonderful to a biblophile like me, than a book about books.  I first heard about ‘The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop at Danielle’s blog. A quick peek at the front page thanks to Amazon.com and I was looking for my own copy. Kapil’s timely trip to US made it possible for me to buy the book.

Lewiz Buzbee’s book is basically a tribute to the love of reading and selling books. The book draws heavily from his decades of experience as an independent bookstore employee and publishing sales rep. We get glimpses of what goes behind the scenes at bookstores. What truly made this book an enjoyable read was the way I could relate to reverence towards books that the author has and that I share.

I will jot down some observations that Lewis makes that me want to read this book again and again.

‘When I walk into a bookstore, any bookstore, first thing in the morning, I’m flooded with a sense if hushed excitement…’

‘Books connect us with others, but that connection is created in solitude, one reader in one chair hearing one writer, what John Irving refers to as one genius speaking to another’

‘ There, face to face, over the elbow polished wood of the counter, bookseller and customer share a silent but telling moment. Travel guides, cookbooks, a book on divorce, one about ailing parents, baby names…..its a little like looking into another person’s heart.’

Lewis also provides the reader some background and history on the origin of books, publishers and bookstores. Its informative though slightly text-bookish at times, but I am not complaining. As long its about books , it’s fine with me.

One of the several stories and trivia that Lewis sprinkles across the book, the most profound is the one about the publication of the masterpiece ‘Ulysses’. This story truly indicates the influence booksellers and publishers can have the on the current socio-political scene of a country and generation.

I took away a lot away from the book – substantial general knowledge , pleasure in knowing that more people in the world have same passion for books and a stronger resolve to try to make a career in the world of books. Someday.

Verdict : Must buy (only if you love books)

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Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “The Yellow Lighted Bookshop

  1. “When I walk into a bookstore, any bookstore, first thing in the morning, I’m flooded with a sense if hushed excitement”

    I couldn’t agree more with this stmt 🙂 infact one of the reasons I can’t resist dropping into a bookstore is when I enter a store its like I’m transported to an altogether different world full of books…although I might not find that perfect book I’m looking for…I love to see the diff books there.

  2. Have you read this book? I think you might enjoy it.

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