Whistlestop Bookshop is an independent bookseller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the lovely and historic Cumberland Valley in southcentral Pennsylvania. Our hours are Monday through Wednesday 10-6, Thursday and Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-6. During other hours we welcome messages via our voicemail, e-mail, or via our website "contact us" boxes.
The legendary genius of cat photography, Walter Chandoha, was working on a spectacular retrospective of his work when he died this year at the age of 98. The Mercedes Benz of photography publishing, Taschen, has carried out his wishes in gorgeous and epic form. A great artist works with a worthy subject!
THE MUELLER REPORT HAS ARRIVED AS OF NOON THURSDAY, 4/25! YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!
Celebrating Small Business Saturday doesn’t have to end in November! Remember to support local and small businesses in Downtown Carlisle and elsewhere!
Some books personally related to us here at Whistlestop Bookshop. We’d be especially distraught if cats disappeared from the world! Both novels are wise, insightful, and bound to jerk some tears from any reader.
Our favorite author and illustrator Amy June Bates has released a new children’s book, Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Her beautiful art graces the pages of these other titles as well!
Dav Pilkey’s latest edition to the Dog Man series has arrived as of August 13th! From the creator of the infamous Captain Underpants archive, this one won’t fail to amuse any young reader!
Summer is here! We like to enjoy this change in season with our cups of tea in hand. Discover the history of tea you never knew!
Make sure to check out our Instagram:
Mysteries can take you to many different times and places… Catch up on these recent releases from James Ellroy, Riley Sager, and Stephen Hunter.
In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling—the family epic—to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention.
Travel to the streets of 1960s Baltimore in Laura Lippman’s “Lady in the Lake”, to a misleadingly quiet seaside town in “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson, and finally to an exclusive Swiss boarding school in Daniel Silva’s “The New Girl”! These thrilling new releases are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Thank you to everyone who made Independent Bookstore Day such a success! Exclusive items are still available until supplies last!
The definitive guide that teaches you how to use the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to reshape every area of your life and find happiness right where you are.
The Best children’s books of the Spring season are on our shelves and online! Hush, Little Bunny follows a familiar theme and rhythm, with a sweet and heart-felt new twist. This one will leave any reader misty-eyed!
Fear the Bunny, following the bunny theme, is another great new children’s book for Spring! Hilarious, fun, and a good choice for any young reader!
Quick leaps to selected treasures!
More of what we do, what we offer, and what we have:
Since we are an independent bookstore, we do things differently. Here you will find:
new books carefully selected in a comprehensive and eclectic spirit
fine journals from The Mincing Mockingbird & the Frantic Meerkat, Moleskine, DeComposition, Peter Pauper Press, Chronicle, and Pomegranate.
quality remaindered books, cds, and dvds
cards from Earth Sky + Water, Notes & Queries, Paper Lantern, Leanin' Tree, and Compendium
postcards, including scenes of Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army War College
jazz and classical cds
calendars in season (September through February)
jigsaw puzzles for adults and children
educational card decks of all kinds
local honey in a wide variety of packages from Tom Jones, the Happy Beekeeper
bookmarks, bookplates, totebags, and other gifts
Customer service is our goal. Among the ways we pay attention to our patrons in person or off-site are:
quick, efficient special ordering (no extra charge)
Thanks for visiting! Check often for changes and enhancements. Above all, support your independents!
Ursula K. Le Guin sums it up in 6 minutes. This wonderful, wise, brave, honest, articulate woman is a great writer. We are honored to sell all of her work, from Catwings to the Earthsea books to her life-changing books of fantasy, science fiction, and lands-in-between. Here she is accepting a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Award Foundation.