The Novel Neighbor bookstore, Webster Groves, Missouri
3 words: blissful, lucky, jubilant
During a recent long weekend in St. Louis, the Dear Man and I spent one of the best days ever.
It included a kitschy antique store visit, Route 66, a fast food restaurant we checked off our list, the Daniel Boone home, another fast food restaurant we didn’t expect to see (where we ate amazing donuts), an iconic bookstore, life-changing pizza (at our 78th pizza place), and the Gateway Arch.
Of course we’re gonna focus on the bookstore, partly because this is a book blog but mostly because It Blew Us All Away.
I learned about the Novel Neighbor from the What Should I Read Next podcast, where Anne interviewed Holland Saltsman, bookstore owner and reader extraordinaire (and they even taped a live show there).
On one of the episodes, Holland raved about The One-in-a-Million Boy. I’ll be forever grateful for that.
And when we visited her fantastic bookstore, I fell head over heels in love with it.
I was seriously in a blissed-out daze.
This bookstore is intensely comfy and cozy, yet it’s also wide-ranging and it just keeps going. And there are delights around every corner!
Here’s what I bought (minus one gift I bought for a friend)…
I selected the book Tell the Wolves I’m Home from the “Holland’s Favorites” shelf because I trust her like that. I bought a book I’d never heard of, simply because I trust her taste. (I adore shelves of staff picks!)
Oh, my goodness, dear readers. If you’re ever in St. Louis, I sure hope you stop by the Novel Neighbor. It’ll bliss you out, too.
My fellow bookish tourists… what’s your best bookstore experience?