My Bookstore is some ways is a highly self-congratulatory exercise in authors priding themselves in going to independent, local shops and avoiding online retailers of books. In other ways, My Bookstore is a celebration of people who are passionate about books, whether primarily authors, readers, or booksellers. Both of these things come through in many of the essays, and the afterword strongly echoes the anti-online retailer sentiment. The flaws out of the way, I think I've discovered a travel guide for when I visit the cities with their bookstores featured. Some of the independent bookstores included in this anthology are expected (Powell's, Harvard Bookstore, The Strand) and some less so (my hometown indie, Village Books, was included and that was a reason why I decided to read it). The essays are appreciations of places where booksellers are more than just people who sell customers something and are fixtures in the community. Many of these authors writing these appreciations owe their subsequent novels to the word of mouth their independent booksellers generated for them. Others have appreciated that these bookstores are also meeting places for readers and authors, or where kids go to discover the joy of reading.Reading books about people who like books is fun and reminds me that there are so many more bookish places to explore.