Reasons to Love Memphis #15 – Burke’s Books

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 13th 2009 1794 0

Tons of new and used books at Burkes Books

Tons of new and used books at Burke's Books

The best thing about Burke’s Books in Cooper Young is the element of surprise. The smallish midtown store doesn’t carry a huge selection of brand new books and the new and used tomes are grouped together on the shelves. This means that the selection is constantly changing and it’s entirely possible to find a pristine used copy of a book for a fraction of the cost of a new one. When I was there last week, I picked up the new issue of Vanity Fair and a copy of Mona Simpson’s “Anywhere But Here” (used – $5!).

Burke’s is one of the last independent bookstores in Memphis and the experience you’ll have shopping there is definitely more personal than the one you’d have at a big chain book store. The owners know their store and are plenty willing to make recommendations and suggestions.

Also – Burke’s has a very complete selection of books by Southern and Memphis authors, some rare and signed books, and a very cute children’s section.

Do you have a favorite book about Memphis (or one by a Memphis author)?

Go There:

Burke’s Book Store

936 S Cooper St.

Memphis, TN

(901) 278-7484

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Tracy says:

    I was so excited when we bought a house almost directly across from Burke’s books – then they moved! Thanks for the reminder to check in and poke around. There is something so cozy about independent bookstores.

  2. Andrea Olson says:

    I like Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.

  3. Victoria says:

    Robert Gordon’s “It Came from Memphis.” Hardly unknown, but it sure captures the city.

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