Booksmith Timeless Classics

These are the "Best of the Best". They include Pulitzer Prize winners and unknown authors; titles with world-wide appeal and those with a mini audience.

What they all have in common is our connection. We brought some back in print, published a few, and discovered the rest. Almost all are only available at The Alabama Booksmith.

These very special treasures have now become part of our mission - to put them in the hands of readers and collectors with good taste.

Most of our regulars already own signed copies, so to encourage purchasing them as appreciated presents, we will gift wrap, enclose a special card, and ship anywhere in the United States - compliments of The Booksmith.

Make a list of friends and family who will love a thoughtful surprise, and let them wonder how you were able to get the author to sign their timeless classic.

If you are gift-giving, please let us know how the enclosed card should read. Check out the treasures below:

The Star of Istanbul Robert Olen Butler

STAR OF ISTANBUL is another in the Christopher Marlow Cobb  exciting adventures of a newspaperman turned spy who in this story is aboard the ill fated Lusitania following a German agent during World War I. 


THIS COPY (shown below)  was signed by Robert Olen Butler on the title page at...

Moonglow Michael Chabon

MOONGLOW is Chabon at his best, telling multiple stories that are taken from real life, although most are created from his mind. Readers will be  treated to an intense World War II hero who spends time in jail for attacking his civilian boss, a holocaust survivor, and even a few appearances from Wernher von Braun, the...

At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier

AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHID is a riveting family drama with settings ranging from Connecticut through Ohio to California, in the middle of the nineteenth century. A harsh theme is discovered understanding different types of apple trees and the fruit they produce.


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All the Governor's Men Katherine Clark

ALL THE GOVERNOR'S MEN: A MOUNTAIN BROOK NOVEL with a foreword by Pat Conroy, is a fictional account of George Wallace's run for Governor in 1982 when he faces a young progressive. This darkly comic novel with an unspoken sexual overtone depicts the social and political landscape of Alabama that is like no other, and...

My Reading Life Pat Conroy

MY READING LIFE My Reading Life is a love letter to readers allowing all to share in Pat's favorite writers and titles, as well as finding what all was involved in hooking him on reading.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Pat Conroy at the store.  It is a new, unread first...

The Death of Santini Pat Conroy

THE DEATH OF SANTINI is autobiographical and  introduces fans to new members of Pat Conroy's family, and the continuing  exposure of family struggle and finally - forgiveness.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Pat Conroy on the title page at the store.  It is a new, unread first...

What Stands in a Storm Kim Cross

WHAT STANDS IN A STORM: THREE DAYS IN THE WORST SUPERSTORM TO HIT THE SOUTH'S TORNADO ALLEY  shows a reporter's eye for the facts, and a brilliant feel for personal and family drama. It is truly a fascinating read that reveals what holds us together in tragic times.


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The Sunlit Night Rebecca Dinerstein

THE SUNLIT NIGHT finds a young girl fleeing heartbreak in Manhattan and a Russian immigrant from Brooklyn meeting up near the Arctic Circle. The novel feels like a young master's touch has delivered a tale that is full of fun, love, mystery and even on occasion could pass for a travel book.



A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General Ann Dunwoody

A HIGHER STANDARD: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FROM AMERICA’S FIRST FEMALE FOUR-STAR GENERAL shares the driving forces behind General Ann Dunwoody's extraordinary success that apply to every leader. These ideas are treasures.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by General Dunwoody in her...

Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores Bob Eckstein

FOOTNOTES FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST BOOKSTORES is a classic for book lovers and an incredible gift for every coffee table. The beautiful images and neat stories should inspire many "sicko book people" (as we lovingly refer to our customers and supporters) to visit as many of these "shrines to readers" as possible in...