It’s probably an understatement to say that I like reading books. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “I cannot live without books.” They are all over the house… piled next to the bed, on numerous bookcases, on the coffee table, and on the kitchen table. Luckily, I can get my book fix at a number of both new and used bookstores throughout Cumberland Valley. My favorite independent bookstore is Whistlestop Bookshop in downtown Carlisle. Jeff and his staff are welcoming and always willing to offer recommendations and guidance so that you find the perfect book for yourself or to give as a gift.
My obsession with used books started when I began collecting old editions of Gone With the Wind. Pomfret Street Books, in downtown Carlisle, is an ideal location for browsing what seems like miles of shelving filled with used books. It is chock-full of books from floor to ceiling on two floors. Whether you are looking for biography, fiction, travel, history, or theology, Pomfret Street Books always has a great and ever-changing selection. And, I can’t forget to mention The Bookery at Bosler Memorial Library. Run by the Friends of Bosler, The Bookery offers a wide variety of books on all topics at very reasonable prices. I love running down there on my lunch hour to see their latest selections.
For a more focused selection, you can always find the latest and most informative books on the Civil War at Civil War and More in downtown Mechanicsburg. The owner of this small shop is always happy to share all of his Civil War knowledge with you. The nearby Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop is ideal for lovers of mystery, spy, thriller, and horror novels.