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Why Read? Advice From Harold Bloom 

The most healing of pleasures

“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you, because it is, at least in my experience, the most healing of pleasures. It returns you to otherness, whether in yourself or in friends, or in those who may become friends. Imaginative literature is otherness, and as such alleviates loneliness. We read not only because we cannot know enough people, but because friendship is so vulnerable, so likely to diminish or disappear, overcome by space, time, imperfect sympathies, and all the sorrows of familial and passional life.”

Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville

We’re proud to announce that you can now shop online! We offer a massive selection of titles available to ship to your door. Not only do we offer a great selection of books but audio books, music, and videos as well! Shipping is inexpensive and expedient options are available. CLICK HERE

City Lights in Sylva

Here’s what City Lights booksellers have been reading lately, as well as some of their old favorites. Please note, some of our older selections may show hardcover editions for titles which are now available in paperback. CLICK HERE

Grateful Steps Publisher – Asheville

At Grateful Steps we routinely publish new books and new authors. We host programs, artist galleries and children’s events. We also take interns from the community on a volunteer basis.  If you have questions regarding anything we do, please contact us. CLICK HERE

Highland Books in Brevard

We love to share our favorite books! Check the shelves in our store to find our blue “Recommendation” cards identifying our picks. And we have green “Recommendation” cards for you, our customers, to fill out with your favorite books. CLICK HERE

Malaprops in Asheville

With a staff of various artists, writers, activists, and just plain old bibliophiles, the staff recommendations section of our store is one of the more popular areas of perusal among visitors and regulars alike. Some you’ve heard of before and others you will hear about for the first time. Some you will never hear of again. CLICK HERE 

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop in Asheville

We are currently looking for an affordable home. Spellbound is an independent bookstore just for kids, featuring books for babies through teens. We carry primarily new books but also have a small section of used books and select non-book items that encourage reading and creativity, such as plush toys and posters based on classic book characters, bookmarks and bookplates, music, and educational toys and games. CLICK HERE

The Book Shelf in Tryon

The Book Shelf, a fixture in downtown Tryon, North Carolina, since 1952, offers national and regional bestsellers, an up-to-date children’s section, unique cards and gifts, along with friendly service and the best view from any bookstore in the Carolinas!CLICK HERE


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