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December 06, 2012


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The perfect holiday season true life story !

Nashville didn't have any NEW bookstores. It did (and does) have one of the biggest used bookstores in the entire Southeast -- and it has lines waiting outside every day. It pains me every time I hear this repeated by Patchett, as it makes it sound like Nashville had NO access to books, when in fact they have access to tons and tons of very low-priced books of all kinds. It's great that she opened a new store, but can the misinformation about no bookstores end?

@Kelly: Apologies--the fault is mine, not Patchett's. Here's what she says in the article (parentheses hers):

"(In candor, I should say that Nashville has some truly wonderful used-book stores that range from iconic to overwhelming. But while they play an important role in the cultural fabric of the city, it is a separate role—or maybe that’s just the perspective of someone who writes books for a living.)"

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