|McIntyre's Books - Pittsboro, NC|
There is no better endorsement given than one that is given by your own peers. I visited four bookstores in this area of North Carolina before coming here. The reason I came here is because at EVERY indie I visited they all told me I have to see McIntyre's. These booksellers and owners told me this unsolicited when they found out about my journey to bookstores. I wonder if the employees at McDonald's encourage customers to try Burger King? Doubtful. But that's not how things roll in the bookstore world where booksellers and owners have a shared comradeship that is a stronger bond than being business competitors. No wonder these people are so nice!
McIntyre's Books has been going strong for 21 years which is a picture of success for an independent bookstore. It's located just outside of Pittsboro in an area known as Fearrington Village. This is a large housing development with a few businesses including a very nice bookstore. The bookstore is located in a house that feels like a grand, old farm house. There are multiple rooms with a few nooks and crannies and everything feels very warm and cozy. Think of it as being in a home with a library in every room and there are lots of comfy seats in each one.
There is an excellent inventory of books here, including a beautiful children's room. If you enjoy cooking there are lots of books related to that and there are also cooking related non-book items available. Keebe F., the owner, told me this is one of the strengths of the store and it certainly appears that way. The store is very active with author events and they have a great space right in the store. One of my favorite things here are the variety of sidelines. Many unique items that I haven't seen anywhere except in independent bookstores. With the holidays approaching you're going to find a lot of great stocking stuffers at this indie.
It was great to meet Keebe, Sarah (who has done a wonderful job with the children's department), and Lauren, one of the booksellers. This place has a good history and it doesn't happen without good people. It's nice to know that if I stray off my bookstore path, there's always other booksellers that will re-set my course and point me in the direction of terrific bookstores. Thank goodness they pointed me in the direction of McIntyre's Books. And know that I'm setting YOUR course to pay this one a visit. Go to an indie and buy a book. Bonsoir.
JUST FINISHED: Lore, Rachel Seiffert. Three unrelated stories told from Germans of differing viewpoints of WWII. Fiction. One of the three stories was made into a movie about a 14 year old girl who must take her 4 younger siblings across Germany at the end of the war to find their grandmother and live with her. This book is about the effects of war on different German families. If you like reading WWII stories, this one might be an alternative to the usual offerings.
CURRENTLY READING: Guests On Earth, Lee Smith.
RECENTLY PURCHASED: God'll Cut You Down, John Safran.
|Another exterior view.|
|An active events schedule.|
|Looking into the store from the front entrance.|
|Looking to the left from inside the front entrance.|
|Looking to the right from the front entrance and two of the attractive book displays.|
|These are just a few of the unique sidelines you can find here.|
|If you enjoying cooking you'll find lots of things that you'll love. This is one of the stores' strengths.|
|A few of the greeting cards available.|
|Looking for crime fiction? This is your place!|
|McIntyre's has a great space to host events. And when they aren't hosting events you can browse for books!|
|They have several nice table displays throughout the store, this is one of them.|
|Find some classic literature in this room.|
|This is inside the literature room. A wonderfully attractive and warm room. If you can't get comfy in here, check your pulse.|
|Also in the literature room. You'll become so relaxed in here you're going to need this couch.|
|A portion of the children's department and the great work Sarah has done here.|
|These gloves have fingertips that light up. Only at an independent bookstore!|
|I think a little jewelry would go nicely with the book you're getting.|
|With Keebe, the owner at McIntyre's Books. Thanks for a great visit.|