The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, A History condenses the bibliophile’s life led by the author, Lewis Buzbee, from the time he discovered the beauty and wonder of the written word, to the time he first held a job at a small bookstore, up to the time he built his entire career on books, publishing, and bookstores. It is a series of essays that talked about books, the bibliophile, the beloved bookstore, and other facets of life related to or about books.
It was very interesting to read about something from a bookseller’s perspective. Buzbee is not only a wide reader; he is also largely involved in the sales and marketing aspects of books and is very knowledgeable about statistics and such. Being strictly and purely a reader, with only the vaguest idea of the process a book goes through once the manuscript leaves the hands of the writer and undergoes the procedure of mass production, I found this book replete with information for the unacquainted. It is filled with anecdotes and short stories of the author’s experiences throughout his book-filled life.