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


                                                                    Scan here for our 2014 holiday newsletter!!

                                                                    Scan here for our 2014 holiday newsletter!!

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! 

  • 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.
  • Canadian literary prizes are always interesting and worthy of our attention.  The Scotiabank Giller Prize ($100,000!) was recently awarded to an intriguing and compulsively readable first novel by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors.  We recommend it!
  • Mary Oliver, Whistlestop's bestselling poet, has a new book of poems, Blue Horses.  It is a lovely little book from Penguin Press, rich with her poetry of the natural world and its interpenetration with her life and our lives.
  • 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!
  • 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!

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.

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.