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


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THE BIG NEWS OF TODAY (FEBRUARY 3rd) AND OF THE MONTHS TO COME! WE HAVE SOME BASIC ORDERING INFORMATION WHICH ALLOWS PRE-ORDERS.  REMEMBER THAT THE PUBLICATION DATE IS JULY 14th.  WHAT EXCITING NEWS!  THIS IS FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:  Harper Lee, whose single work of fiction, To Kill a Mockingbird, earned her the National Medal of Freedom and the distinction of having written one of the bestselling novels ever published, is going to be releasing a second book. According to the Associated Press, Go Set a Watchman, which Lee completed in the 1950s, will be published by HarperCollins in July.

The book, the AP said, was "discovered" recently and is "essentially" a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. The 304-page work will mark Lee's first release in over 50 years.

Lee's sole published novel to date, To Kill a Mockingbird, continues to be remarkably popular; it sold over 382,000 copies in mass market paperback, and about 65,000 in trade paperback, in 2014, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks approximately 80% of print sales.

Go Set a Watchman has also been acquired in the U.K., by CEO of Penguin Random House there, Tom Weldon. Weldon took U.K. and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in deal with Andrew Nurnberg at Andrew Nurnberg Associates, and the U.K. edition is also set for a July 2015 release.

PRH said the new novel follows the young heroine from To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, as an adult woman. In a release about the book, Lee said she felt the novel is "a pretty decent effort." The book was set aside by Lee after To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and, PRH said, "never returned to" by the author.

Considered lost, it was discovered in 2014 by Lee's lawyer and friend, Tonja Carter, who, PRH added, stumbled upon it in "a secure location" where it had "been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird."

Lee said of the new release: "After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."

Set roughly 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman features a number of the same characters from Lee's first novel; in it Scout arrives in her small Southern town of Maycomb, from New York City, to visit her father. There, PRH said, she is "forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore visited recently as the Stellfox Award-winner at Dickinson College.  She was wonderful in all respects:  gentle, funny, sharp as a tack, observant, patient, and gracious.  Yes, pretty much like her excellent fiction.  We have some signed copies yet, but they are going fast.


We have some signed books by Twig George as a bonus from her successful and popular appearance at The Craighead  House on Saturday, October 11th:  4 copies of Pocket Guide to the Outdoors Based on My Side of the Mountain (written with her mother, Jean Craighead George); 5 copies A Dolphin Named Bob; and 4 copies of Jellies:  the Life of Jellyfish.  First come, first serve!

What's New! 

  • 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.
  • For a reading/performance at Whistlestop Bookshop on Wednesday, February 18, 2014, Dickinson College Classics professor Dr. Meghan Reedy printed (with the assistance of local printer Ksenyia Thomas of Thomas Printers) a chapbook, The Manifestations of Apple Elder Rose:  a preliminary fascicle.  It is signed, dated, and very limited (30 copies were printed).  It is hilarious, moving, and brilliant written.  We are privileged and honored to know her, to have hosted her, and to offer her current work exclusively here at Whistlestop.Now on sale!
  •  Neil Gaiman's new collection of short fiction, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.  One of the best writers around, Gaiman is a terrific short-form artist.  Highly recommended!
  • As of today, you may pre-order the most-anticipated novel of 2015, due to be published July 7th:  Kim Van Alkemade's debut novel, Orphan Number Eight.
  • Marilynne Robinson, one of America's great novelists, author of Housekeeping and Gilead, is out with a new novel in her Gilead world.  Lila looks as wonderful as the earlier two!
  • 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!
  • 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!

Allison Pataki's new novel, The Accidental Empress, is about Empress  Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 18th Century, a romantic story with everything in it from love and politics to heartbreak and assassinations.

Bestselling author Walter Isaacson tells us why Ada Lovelace - daughter of Lord Byron and mathematics genius - is the patron saint of the digital age.

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. 

This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

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.

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.

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.