Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.

Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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April Book Pick

Laura & Emma

by Kate Greathead

A tender, witty debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society in the late twentieth century from a nine-time Moth StorySLAM champion.

Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant.

Enter: Emma.

Told in vignettes that mine the profound from the mundane, with meditations on everything from sex and death to insomnia and the catharsis of crying on the subway, a textured portrait emerges of a woman struggling to understand herself, her daughter, and the changing landscape of New York City in the eighties and nineties. Laura & Emma is an acutely insightful exploration of class and family warfare from a new author whose offbeat sensibility, understated wit, and stylish prose celebrate the comedy and pathos that make us human.

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Featured Bookstore of the Month:
Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Farley’s is an independent bookstore based halfway between Philly and NYC. They’ve been family owned and operated for 51 years.

The store was purchased in 1967 by Jim Farley, with some help from his friends — novelist James Michener and Fred Rogers (yes, THAT Mr. Rogers). His wife Nancy established a kids section that people are still raving about, fifty years on.

Jennifer and Rebekah, the current owners, are the daughters of Jim and Nancy.

They have a large stock with eclectic finds, all placed in a “nooks and crannies” space by the Delaware River. Their staff prides itself on being fiercely well-read and always ready with a recommendation. They love supporting small presses and have given small presses a priority space at the front of the store. They also have a resident 17 year old cat named Butter, who is himself quite the celebrity.

Their shop is like something out the past: the smell of books, killer finds on long-forgotten bottom shelves, friendly booksellers, and tons of little pieces of art on the wall to catch your eye.

Visit Farley’s Bookshop

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