Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of July 2020

In 2020, people have read a whole lot of digital books. So let's celebrate bestselling eBooks from July, shall we?

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And spoiler alert--July 2020 was an awesome month for reading. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five eBooks in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Graphic of Sunbury Press Bestsellers in eBook for nonfiction

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in nonfiction!

  1. The 1932 New York Yankees: The Story of a Legendary Team, a Remarkable Season, and a Wild World Series by Ronald Mayer
  2. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  3. The Reluctant RV Wife by Gerri Almand
  4. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last by Mike Campbell
  5. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair

Fiction

this graphic is of the best selling fiction print books from sunbury press in july 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling eBooks in fiction!

  1. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  2. Wolf by Chris Fenwick
  3. Fae by Chris Fenwick
  4. The Whispers of the Crows by Kyle Alexander Holmes
  5. The Vatican's Vault by Barry Libin

Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
2 Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
3 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
4 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
5 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) Sunbury Press
6 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
7 Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
8 Chris Fenwick -- Human Hellbender Books
9 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Audio) Sunbury Press
10 Chris Fenwick – Wolf Hellbender Books
11 Chris Fenwick -- Fae Hellbender Books
12 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
13 William Cook -- Collision Course Sunbury Press
14 Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist Sunbury Press
15 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
16 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam - (Audio) Sunbury Press
17 William Cook -- The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Sunbury Press
18 Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
19 Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife Ars Metaphysica
20 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
21 Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It Sunbury Press
22 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Audio) Hellbender Books
23 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician Ars Metaphysica
24 Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page Sunbury Press
25 Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
26 Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows Hellbender Books
27 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Creating in Soul Alignment Ars Metaphysica
28 John Cressler – Emeralds of the Alhambra Milford House Press
29 Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Sunbury Press
30 Brandon Musgrave – Hour 30 Sunbury Press
31 Jason Altmire – Dead Center Sunbury Press
32 Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork Milford House Press
33 John Cressler – Fortune's Lament Milford House Press
34 Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California Sunbury Press
35 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 Sunbury Press
36 John L Moore -- Bows, Bullets, and Bears Sunbury Press
37 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
38 J A Walsh – Purpose of Evasion Milford House Press
39 Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II Sunbury Press
40 John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City Milford House Press
41 Larry Loebell -- Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
42 Idle Minds -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Sunbury Press
43 William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame Sunbury Press
44 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
45 Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
46 Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician Ars Metaphysica
47 John L Moore -- Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes Sunbury Press
48 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
49 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
50 John L Moore -- Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks Sunbury Press
51 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam Co... Sunbury Press
52 John L Moore -- Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires Sunbury Press
53 John L Moore -- Scorched Earth Sunbury Press
54 Scott Hendrix -- Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Sunbury Press
55 Ben Myers -- American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John L Moore -- Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps Sunbury Press
57 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
58 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
59 Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West Sunbury Press
60 Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir.. Sunbury Press
61 John L Moore -- Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks Sunbury Press
62 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day: Thirty Magical Meditatio... Ars Metaphysica
63 John L Moore -- Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves Sunbury Press
64 Joe Regenbogen – Making a Difference Oxford Southern
65 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
66 John L Moore -- Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades Sunbury Press
67 Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle Milford House Press
68 William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child Sunbury Press
69 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
70 Milo Thornberry – Fireproof Moth Sunbury Press
71 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
72 Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe Sunbury Press
73 Keith Rommel – Ice Canyon Monster (Audio) Hellbender Books
74 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
75 Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season Sunbury Press
76 Steven Wagner – Seinsoth Sunbury Press
77 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
78 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
79 Robert Hecker -- Rush to Glory Milford House Press
80 JB Toner – Whisper Music Hellbender Books
81 John Timmerman – Lowlife Milford House Press
82 Joe Harvey -- If We're Really Quiet, It Won't Find Us Milford House Press
83 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
84 Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga Milford House Press
85 Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn Milford House Press
86 Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga Milford House Press
87 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
88 Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People Milford House Press
89 Keith Rommel – The Cursed Man (Audio) Milford House Press
90 Tess Rutjens – Stalked by a Demon Ars Metaphysica
91 John Rayburn -- The Remarkable Big Band Era Sunbury Press
92 Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought Milford House Press
93 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
94 Nancy Williams -- Pig Hellbender Books
95 John Rayburn -- A Personal Journey Through the World of Sports Sunbury Press
96 Mark Mitten – Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Milford House Press
97 Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree II: The Calling Hellbender Books
98 Jim Dohren -- Windy City Stories Brown Posey Press
99 Donald Dewey – Mosquitoes and Tortoises Sunbury Press
100 Susan Daigneault – In the Shadow of a Mountain Sunbury Press

Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from July 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Another month is in the books. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate another round of Sunbury Press Bestsellers!

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And let's just say that July 2020 was one hell of a month. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

This graphic shows the five bestselling nonfiction books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  2. Crossing with the Clarks: A History of a Scottish Family's Ferries and Tavern on the Susquehanna River by Victor Hart
  3. Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank by Lawrence Knorr
  4. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  5. Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions by M. Diane McCormick

Fiction

bestselling fiction paperbacks graphic

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. Satan's Petting Zoo by Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano
  2. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  3. Summer Changes Everything by Joe Harvey
  4. Hellbent Vol. 1 edited by Thomas M. Malafarina
  5. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs Oxford Southern
2 Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
3 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
4 Fortress Pub -- Satan's Petting Zoo Verboten Books
5 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
6 Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
7 Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Sunbury Press
8 Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything Milford House Press
9 Hellbender Books -- Hellbent Volume 1 Hellbender Books
10 Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
11 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
12 Tom Copeland – My War and Welcome To It Sunbury Press
13 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... Ars Metaphysica
14 Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic Brown Posey Press
15 Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us Milford House Press
16 Jason Altmire – Dead Center – ((PB Sunbury Press
17 Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey Speckled Egg Press
18 Jane Austen & Leo Rockas – Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
19 Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs Sunbury Press
20 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed Sunbury Press
21 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
22 Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... Sunbury Press
23 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
24 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
25 Scott Stevens -- Deadly Roses Milford House Press
26 Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Oxford Southern
27 Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath Sunbury Press
28 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (PB Ars Metaphysica
29 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed Sunbury Press
30 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
31 Will Falconer -- Voyage to the Planet of the Giant Bugs Hellbender Books
32 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
33 BANG – The BANG Story Sunbury Press
34 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
35 Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Sunbury Press
36 Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175... Sunbury Press
37 Max Klinger – The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharin... Sunbury Press
38 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
39 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 Sunbury Press
40 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (HC Ars Metaphysica
41 Jason Altmire – Dead Center (HC Sunbury Press
42 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
43 Dennis Herrick – A Brother's Cold Case Milford House Press
44 John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town Sunbury Press
45 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
46 Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot... Oxford Southern
47 Michele Livingston -- Spiritual Treasures (HC Ars Metaphysica
48 William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys Sunbury Press
49 Knorr, Troutman, Moran, Baum, Hipple, & Adams – There is Something... Distelfink Press
50 Steve Troutman – The Penns' Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mi... Sunbury Press
51 William Cook -- America and the Automobile Sunbury Press
52 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam... Sunbury Press
53 Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... Ars Metaphysica
54 Jim Remsen – Embattled Freedom Sunbury Press
55 Benjamin Myers – American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds Sunbury Press
57 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
58 Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency Sunbury Press
59 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
60 Steve Troutman – Tulpehocken Trail Traces Sunbury Press
61 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
62 George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania Sunbury Press
63 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
64 Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg Sunbury Press
65 Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder Sunbury Press
66 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
67 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
68 Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Ars Metaphysica
69 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
70 Thomas Malafarina – Malaformed Realities v3 Hellbender Books
71 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day Ars Metaphysica
72 Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
73 Larry Lehmer – Bandstandland Sunbury Press
74 Steve Kious – Murder on the Quilt Milford House Press
75 John L Moore – Bows, Bullets, & Bears Sunbury Press
76 Dorsman & Davis – How to Achieve Peace of Mind Ars Metaphysica
77 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
78 Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 Sunbury Press
79 Wylie McLallen – Tigers by the River Sunbury Press
80 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (e ed Sunbury Press
81 Larry Loebell – Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
82 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
83 Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (HC Ars Metaphysica
84 Keith Pickering – The Lost Island of Columbus Sunbury Press
85 Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Sunbury Press
86 Lawrence Knorr – A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold ... Distelfink Press
87 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
88 J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers... Distelfink Press
89 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Graves of Our Founders v1 Sunbury Press
90 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
91 William Cook – Collision Course Sunbury Press
92 Oliver Seneca – When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
93 Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones: Pittsburgh Region Sunbury Press
94 Lawrence Knorr – Wonder Boy (HC Sunbury Press
95 Thomas Malafarina – Ghost Shadows Hellbender Books
96 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
97 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
98 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
99 Matthews & Blank -- What to Do about Mama? 2 ed Sunbury Press
100 Chris Williams -- Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories Sunbury Press

Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from July 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US

Sunbury Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

If you know anything about Sunbury Press, you know we’re bookstore super fans. These community spaces offer neighborhoods the opportunity to browse, to learn, to discover, and to come together. Many of them provide author events and writing workshops—both physical and digital—and they have dedicated staff members who love the books they surround themselves with. If you go into an indie bookshop with no idea what to buy, all you’d have to do is step up to the counter, ask them for some guidance, and you’ll be stepping out of that place with just the awesomeness you were looking for.

And because of the pandemic, these bookstores haven’t exactly had the opportunity to thrive. In order to do our part in helping bookstores in the US continue their amazing and invaluable work to our communities, we gathered together eight Sunbury Press authors so that they could tell us which bookshops are the most special to them.

To help you support these shops, we’ve also included links so that you can purchase a book directly from them or through the new platform Bookshop.org. So, let's get to it!

Without further ado, here are some of Sunbury Press authors’ favorite bookstores in the US!


 

Harriett's Bookshop - Philadelphia, PA

This is a photo from Independent Book Review for Harriet's Bookshop in Philadelphia, PA
Photo Credit: Independent Book Review

Written by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, author of Golden Beauty Boss and Chicken Bone Beach

Around one month prior to COVID-19’s quarantine, Jeanine A. Cook opened Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown, Pennsylvania, specializing in women authors, especially black women. In addition to being a browsable bookstore, Harriett’s acts a community space for people to come together and discuss ideas in a positive way. When I was there, one large bookshelf housed titles by Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorene Carey, and Erica A. Dunbar. Next to it, a stream of incense smoke lifted into the air. Near an adjacent wall, a majesty palm sat beside a green sofa.

Smaller shelves and fixtures throughout the shop showcase even more books, and a painted portrait of activist Angela Davis was featured among the citrus-scented candle and the sounds of music by Nina Simone.  The ambiance make you want to stay there and read. A truly peaceful and powerful setting.

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The Book Loft - Columbus, Ohio

photo of the book loft Columbus
Photo credit: Bookloft.com

Written by Jerry Roth, author of Bottom Feeders

Instant gratification! That’s what we love, and that’s what we now hold in high esteem. But when you talk about a bookstore, things melt into something more substantial—something we lost as humans. And The Book Loft in the heart of German Village is one of those rare destinations that transcends a storefront or bookshop.

Legend says that The Book Loft, with its 32 rooms that combine into an intricate maze, was once the site of a horrific event that summoned the Skeleton Lord” Malamarkus. He is ever watching the patrons from a pit under the independent bookstore—guiding the purchases of the customers spiritually—using his dark control to shape the inhabitants and tourists alike with every selection. As a horror author, I’m not sure anything could be more exciting to me.

The reality: This business was rumored to have its start as a saloon a hundred years ago—an old Kroger grocery store—a doll hospital, and possibly a church—adding to its rich history. Now, they pack this amazing bookstore full of unique books that you just can’t get anywhere in the city and maybe the world. Within the 32 rooms, cut creatively throughout the building, patrons enjoy the thrill of the hunt that rises (in my opinion) above so many other independent bookstores. If German Village is the gem of Ohio, then The Book Loft is the jewel within the gem. Still carrying an independent spirit inside its walls, you cannot visit Central Ohio without making a stop at this historic landmark. And If you make the trip, be sure to say hello to Malamarkus for me!

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Pretty Good Books - LaGrange, Georgia

This is a photo of Pretty Good Books in LaGrange Georgia in our blog post about favorite bookstores in us
Photo Credit: Sharon Marchisello

Written by Sharon Marchisello, author of Going Home and Secrets of the Galapagos

Georgia authors are excited about Pretty Good Books, a new independent bookstore in LaGrange. It's located in a stand-alone structure surrounded by plenty of free-parking, and there's enough space inside to hold author events while respecting social distancing guidelines. The store carries the latest bestsellers and genre fiction, children's books, rare books, used books, and there's even a prominent shelf dedicated to local authors.

Booklovers Joshua Rigsby and his wife sold books online for years and later moved to a shelf at a consignment shop. They had a hard time keeping up with demand there, so in December 2019, they fulfilled their dream of opening their own brick-and-mortar bookstore. Then the pandemic hit. The store reopened in May, and I was honored to participate in their first in-person author event in June.

Customers who are uncomfortable coming into the store can order directly from publishers through Bookshop (link below). The bookstore can still make recommendations and receive a portion of the sales. When I reached out to the owners about this blog post, Josh relayed just how much he loves chatting with readers and helping them discover their new favorite authors. "Book people just tend to be good people," he said. "Interacting with our patrons gives me hope for the human race."

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Rainy Day Books - Kansas City, KS

This is a photo of the founders and shop of Rainy Day Books in Kansas City
Photo Credit: Twitter.com/RainyDayBooks

Written by Virginia Brackett, author of In the Company of Patriots

As its name suggests, Rainy Day Books offers shelter to Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri-area readers through the comfort of great books and excellent service during good times and bad. Since its doors opened in 1975, RDB owners Vivien Jennings with her partner Roger Doeren have engaged and supported their community far beyond the activity of book selling.

In addition to providing full bookstore services, Rainy Day offers personal recommendations to customers, sells all-occasion greeting cards, and offers many author readings throughout the year. Its owners specialize in community awareness, devoting their efforts to provide a “Legacy of Literacy.” They support a focus on the arts through books, but also act to promote community arts activities.

An example was their inviting local teen poets on stage to accompany Caroline Kennedy’s promotion of a love of poetry through her own favorite collection of poems. Their sense of the importance of reading to the community has never been more present than during the period of Covid-19, when the store has remained devoted to connecting books and readers.

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Diesel, a Bookstore - Los Angeles, California

Diesel Bookstore images in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: CBS Los Angeles

Written by Arthur Hoyle, author of Mavericks, Mystics & Misfits

“Diesel, a Bookstore,” located in the Brentwood Country Mart on the westside of Los Angeles since 1989 is my favorite hangout for book browsing. It’s a classic indie bookstore, with a thoughtful selection of titles across all genres, a knowledgeable, literate staff eager to guide you to a good read, and a robust events program that serves up both national figures like Erica Jong and David Sedaris, and local authors like myself. I gave a talk and reading there when my first book, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur, was published six years ago.

What I especially like about Diesel is that it feels deeply embedded in the community around it, a hub for both socializing and growth through reading. Partly this is because Diesel is housed a popular local landmark, the Country Mart, where you can also shop for clothes and household accessories, get a haircut, or grab a bite to eat while mingling with the locals. And partly this is because the staff knows the tastes of its customers and stocks the books that appeal to them. They also host the First Tuesday Book Club. I can’t wait until the pandemic subsides enough to let them reopen. Meantime, check out their virtual events online.

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City Lights Bookstore - San Francisco, CA

City Lights is open
Photo Credit: Twitter.com/CityLightsBooks

Written by Gerri Almand, author of The Reluctant RV Wife

Remember those radicals from the Beat Generation of the 1950s, folks like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others? The City Lights Bookstore, established in 1953, became one of the meccas for these writers, poets, and artists to gather and share ideas. In June, 2019, I paid homage to this North Beach shrine during a trip to San Francisco, California.

I wandered through the tight, overstuffed bookshelves, not sure where to look first. It felt like sacred ground. I couldn’t believe I was treading on the same planked floors where those hipster beatniks had walked. The bookstore’s unwavering commitment to freedom of expression, no matter how revolutionary and nonmainstream, warmed my liberal soul. I wish City Lights was my neighborhood bookstore. However, as a fulltime RVer, I have no bookstore to call my own. If my husband and I ever settle down, perhaps we’ll live in North Beach. Then, City Lights could truly become my neighborhood haunt.

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The Firefly Bookstore - Kutztown, PA

Photo Credit: Facebook.com/FireflyBookstore
Photo Credit: Facebook.com/FireflyBookstore

Written by Thomas M. Malafarina, author of 15+ horror books

The Firefly bookstore, located at 271 West Main Street in Kutztown, PA is a great place for books and games. It is an independently-owned and operated new and used bookstore with almost 3,000 square feet of space for over 65,000 items. They also offer free gift wrapping, customer requests, and special orders. They have regular events all year long, including author signings and book releases.

It’s a wonderful place to browse, trade or sell books (for store credit) and just enjoy the pleasure of reading. They just reopened in June after COVID lockdown and are ready to serve all your book buying needs. Firefly is a breath of fresh air in the tradition of independent bookstores before it. They’ve been in business in Kutztown since 2012 and moved to a new bigger store in 2017.

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Winding Way Books - Lancaster, PA

Photo Credit: Lancaster Online
Photo Credit: Lancaster Online

Written by Job Tyler Leach, author of As the Raven Flies

Winding Way Books is an independently-owned bookstore in the heart of Lancaster City on West Chestnut Street, just off of Prince Street. If you follow the shop on social media, you get straightforward updates on what new books are available with photos of the new inventory shot in the store. The shop boasts a wide variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction, and often features curated selections and hard-to-find niche books. My personal favorites include the rare Charles Bukowski books frequently offered. The arrangement of the shop is simple and organized with efficient use of the space for easy browsing –exactly what I prefer in a good bookstore.

The shop is close to a number of great eating and drinking establishments. For breakfast or brunch, the Prince Street Café is an excellent option. If you’re looking to grab a pint, check out The Taproom. It’s already an awesome area to spend the day, and Winding Way Books makes it particularly attractive if you’re a booklover!

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