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!

Margaret Atwoot’s next book is finally here! Return to Gilead fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and discover the stunning conclusion to Atwood’s iconic tale of power, resilience, and feminism.


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!

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Delve into Matthew Lockwood’s exploration of the profound influence of the American Revolution on the rest of the world! Discover neglected stories of the collapse of empires, the tightening fist of opressive global powers, and the catastrophic global impact of “domestic peace and tranquility.” Whistlestop will be hosting a booksigning for To Begin the World Over Again on November 23rd so get your copy today and come prepared!

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!

Patti Smith, renowned musician and lauded author, has released her third book, chronicling a year of turbulence, disillusionment, and, ultimately, hope. Written in Smith’s signature poetic prose and highlighted with her polaroids, Year of the Monkey is moving, original, and not to be missed.

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)

  • out-of-print searching

  • free giftwrap

  • gift certificates

Thanks for visiting!  Check often for changes and enhancements.  Above all, support your independents!

An author interview with Kim van Alkemade(http://kimvanalkemade.com), author of the bestselling novel, Orphan #8 (http://www.whistlestoppers.com/new-products-2/orphan-8), and Jeff Wood on location at Whistlestop Bookshop (http://www.whistlestoppers.com). Video provided by Greg Bear/gbmediadesign (http://www.gbmediadesign.com).

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.