"What I say is a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul."
"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section.' She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose."
"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking."
"A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out."
From Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers, and the Printed and Bound Book. Edited by James Charlton and Bill Henderson and published by Bill Henderson's Pushcart Press.
And Bill Henderson, by the way, has another marvelous new book out, All My Dogs: A Life. A a memoir told through the lens of the dogs he has had over the years. Highly recommended!