Reasons to Love Memphis #15 - Burke's Books


Reasons to Love Memphis #15 - Burke's Books

The best thing about Burke's Books in Cooper Young is the element of surprise.

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, Tenn. 38104‎

(901) 278-7484‎

Comments Make Us Happy

Leave a Comment
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

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.
October 13, 2009 12:27pm

Andrea Olson
I like Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.
October 13, 2009 1:16pm

Robert Gordon's "It Came from Memphis." Hardly unknown, but it sure captures the city.
February 20, 2010 5:04am

Tiny Object of…
[...] can get your own matchbook through Small Fires Press or at Burke’s Books in Cooper-Young. If you’d like to submit work for future inclusion, check out the submission [...]
November 11, 2010 3:59pm