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.
A book that's lighting the bright flame of inspiration and rebellion in readers of all ages and genders? Why, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, of course! An order is a click away -- or visit the store to take part in the uprising!
Be prepared for August 21st! Our area of Pennsylvania looks close to the 75%/50% totality line, still quite spectacular -- or you may be traveling to see the eclipse elsewhere. I sorted through a selection of super-technical to flaky books on the subject, and I think Pam Hines's book from Mascot Books is a fine accessible introduction.
WHISTLESTOP BOOKSHOP'S IDEA OF MARCH MADNESS IS ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED NOVELS OF THE SEASON, SUSAN PERABO'S THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW. SUSAN DAZZLED US ALL HERE AT THE STORE TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 6-8 PM FOR A BOOK LAUNCH AMID HER FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COLLEAGUES. SUSAN IS THE WRITER IN RESIDENCE AND A PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING AT DICKINSON COLLEGE AND A FRIEND FOR DECADES OF WHISTLESTOP.
A popular new book on the irrepressible Craighead family is out by our own Tom Benjey, scholar of early football and Lone Star Dietz of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and published by the University of Montana Press. We have signed copies on hand! The Craigheads spent many happy and crucial summers at a rambling old farm house on Yellow Breeches Creek that is currently being restored and preserved by the Craighead House Association.
We have a fiercely enthusiastic clan of Diana Gabaldon fans here at Whistlestop, Her new book of Outlander short stories may hold them until the next full novel. Get your Scots fix now via our website -- simply click on the image!
NEIL GAIMAN IS A PILLAR OF THE STORE, A MAGICIAN WHO KEEPS US STEPPING LIVELY BETWEEN THE CHILDREN'S AREA, YOUNG ADULT, GRAPHIC LITERATURE, AND, OF COURSE, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION TO SUPPLY BOOKS FOR HIS CLAMORING (PERHAPS SOFTLY MURMURING) AUDIENCE. HIS LATEST, NORSE MYTHOLOGY, IS HIS TRANSFORMATION OF NORSE TALES OF GOD AND MAGIC INTO SHORT STORIES
And not to be outdone with his Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman on the same day debuted his rollicking parody of graphic gothic literature with Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire. The title alone sounds like a mutant Robert E. Howard spliced with Clark Ashton Smith prose poem (and I say that as a fan of both gentlemen). Enjoy!
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Brand new -- a major anthology of scholarship on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School which was here from 1879-1918. Yes, it is outrageously expensive in our opinion (we discount it 10% as a way of protest), but considering both the scarcity of writing on the School and its widely varying quality, this publication is a big deal. We carry a variety of items related to the subject, including Jim Thorpe biographies, the dvd of the Burt Lancaster film, and books by Luther Standing Bear and Zitkala-Sa.
Long-awaited film and screenplay are now available! J.K. Rowling is the star of page, stage, and screen.
We still have first edition, first printing copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
New Spring 2017 Releases!
- Great news of lovers of fine historic writing: David McCullough's new book, The Wright Brothers, has been a great success since Spring. As with the Panama Canal, the Brooklyn Bridge, Truman and Roosevelt, McCullough examines American icons for the humanity and the human stories beneath the textbook reporting. Special luck: the author reads his own work in the audiobook!
- Now available in paperback! Spring 2015: nothing compares to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. When it was published last Fall in the UK, it won rave reviews and prestigious prizes. At last it is available stateside, and it is picking up another round of superlative reviews (Vicki Croke on the cover of the NYT Book Review, the New Yorker, and so on). H is for Hawk is an astonishing, beautifully-written, and deeply felt memoir of grief, recovery, beauty, literary investigation, and training a goshawk. Do yourself a favor: read it, enjoy it, ponder it, celebrate a blessing of a book.
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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 Lantern, Leanin' Tree, Compendium, Peaceable 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!
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.