Whistlestop Bookshop is an independent bookseller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the lovely and historic Cumberland Valley in southcentral Pennsylvania.


Our hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday.  Need a quick answer?  Call us at 717-243-4744.

What's New! 

  • The most popular mystery series we sell is Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels, featuring a thoughtful and melancholy inspector in Quebec, Canada.  Voila!  The new number (tenth) is here:  The Long Way Home.  You thought retirement would be the end?  Non!
  • J.K. Rowling is back!  (As Robert Galbraith, her noir persona.)  We have The Silkworm in hand!
  • Speaking of long waits, Diana Gabaldon's new Outlander novel, Written in My Own Heart's Blood,  is here at last!  We have boxes of them!  Find them here, if you would like to order them through our website.
  • An intriguing new cultural biography of Shirley Temple and her heyday is out from an eminent American Studies prof at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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 Moleskine, DeComposition, Peter Pauper Press, Chronicle, and Pomegranate.
  • quality remaindered books, cds, and dvds 
  • secondhand books online, paperback and hardcover, reasonably priced (find us on Half.com!)
  • magazines in many categories
  • cards from Paper LanternLeanin' TreeCompendiumPeaceable Kingdom, and local photographers Joan Navin,  and Larry Rankin
  • postcards, including scenes of Carlisle, Dickinson College, 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 
  • 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!

The author of Eat, Pray, Love presents a deeply researched historical novel about a woman scientist.

The author of Eat, Pray, Love presents a deeply researched historical novel about a woman scientist.

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

Wendy Davis has had her share of tough fights. Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to contribute to the family finances. By the time she was nineteen, she was living in a trailer park with a baby daughter and holding down two jobs.  Her new book, Forgetting to be Afraid:  A Memoir, is available for sale Tuesday, September 9th.

Learn more about The Heart of Everything That Is. Tom Clavin and Bob Drury, the authors of THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS, present five things that you should know about Red Cloud, the only Indian war chief to defeat the U.S. in battle.

James Ellroy discusses his new novel, Perfidia, available September 9th. It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans-but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

Powerful new novel of domestic violence and a woman's determination to keep her family together.

Powerful new novel of domestic violence and a woman's determination to keep her family together.

New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein introduces us to his highly anticipated new novel, A SUDDEN LIGHT, where generations of secrets haunt a once-powerful Pacific-Northwest family in this tribute to the beauty of the natural world and nuanced coming-of-age story.