Support Local North Carolina Bookstores + 15 Book Suggestions

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How You Can Support Charlotte Bookstores Today

Reading has always brought me no small supply of joy, and now, I’ve been able to recognize that perhaps more than ever. The escapism of a good tale, the intrigue of a well-researched piece of non-fiction, and the excitement of a new release brings bright little spots into my “what can we do from home” task list.

Local bookshops are, realistically, always in need of community support, but today, with their doors shut, they need us more than ever. The owners and store staff who lovingly curate the picks, eager to share their knowledge, have moved operations online, remaining at your disposal from afar.

Charlotte Bookstores

Main Street Books
Main Street Books is located in the heart of historic Davidson. They are hosting virtual events, and will offer you a thoughtful recommendation online. Order through their shop now.

Park Road Books
While Charlotte is under Shelter in Place, Park Road Books will take online orders and ship to your home. They also offer curbside pickup Monday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm. The team also plans to provide newspapers that they will hold for pick up, too. Visit the online shop below so you can still get books and newspapers:

Paper Skyscraper
Locally owned by Sybil and Bill Godwin (also of Shain Gallery), Paper Skyscraper is a gathering place for Charlotte’s creative community, and they provide endless books and goodies guaranteed to leave you with a smile.

Western North Carolina’s Independent Book Stores

Malaprop’s, Asheville
In the early 1980s, the streets of downtown Asheville were abandoned and forlorn, a far cry from the vibrant tourism destination that the city is today. That all changed when Emöke B’Racz opened Malaprop’s on Haywood Street. She stocked the original 2,000-square-foot building primarily with poetry and Southern literature, and opened a café in the basement; she wrapped every book that was purchased in craft paper and red ribbon. “Malaprop’s kind of set the tone for the whole downtown,” says author Ron Rash, who has frequented the store both as a writer and a reader since it opened in 1982. “It really is the heart and soul of Asheville.”

Foggy Pines Books, Boone
Mary Ruthless, an English literature graduate of Appalachian State University, bought Black Bear Books in Boone from a former colleague in 2016. She has channeled her lifelong passion for reading into the new store: Originally located in a 425-square-foot building, the Foggy Pine moved to a larger location in January to accommodate the growing number of books and visitors. Shop online for their eclectic collection now.

Piedmont North Carolina’s Independent Book Stores

Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
Raleigh’s independent Quail Ridge Books has also shifted operations online, and will continue to serve their book-loving clientele from afar.

The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines
What started in 1953 is now The Country Bookshop – owned today by the local newspaper The Pilot. The store serves as a gathering place and educational hub for residents and visitors, with story time, author readings, book clubs, and more. Recently, the store also established publishing services for independent authors, expanding its commitment to local and regional writers

Bookmarks, Winston-Salem
Bookmarks is one of Winston-Salem’s cheeriest and most inspiring spots. This creative aesthetic goes hand-in-hand with the nonprofit organization’s mission: encouraging a love of reading and writing in the community. Shop online today, and continue to help support local bookstores from home.


What To Books Buy At Charlotte  Bookstores Now:

Untamed – Glennon Doyle (Memoir)
The Book of Awakening – Mark Nepo (Daily)
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (Novel) 
Where the Crawdad Sings – Delia Owens
City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert (Novel)
Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
Hold Still – Sally Mann
Essentialism – Greg McKeown (Non-fiction)
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
Sapiens – Yuval Harari
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (Novel)
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations – Sean Brock (Cookbook)
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion (Memoir)