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 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...

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 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...

The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME Blake Ells

THE MUSCLE SHOALS LEGACY OF FAME is the amazing story of the studio that recorded many of the greatest stars of all time. The book gives an insight into this world that few have ever had.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Blake Ellis on the title page at the store. It is a new,...

Purity Jonathan Franzen

PURITY is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity and murder. The book follows a quixotic young woman from California to South America to Germany to unlock the secrets of who she really is. 


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Jonathan Franzen on the title page at his...

A Good American Alex George

A GOOD AMERICAN remains a store favorite. This poignant, funny and heartbreaking tale follows a German immigrant's family from their arrival in America, through two generations. Along the way, we meet some of the most interesting characters in literature including a teen-age giant, a gumbo-cooking jazz musician, a...

Pure Pork Awesomeness Kevin Gillespie

PURE PORK AWESOMENESS demonstrates Chef Kevin Gillespie's love for and expertise of everything pig! There are 100 easy-to-follow recipes and inside tips on how to buy the specific porcine delicacy for any special meal. A few unique ideas are Bacon Popcorn, Bourbon Street Rib Eye of Pork, Vietnamese Spareribs with Chile...

Crimson Nation: The Shaping of the South's Most Dominant Football Team Eli Gold

CRIMSON NATION: THE SHAPING OF THE SOUTH'S MOST DOMINANT FOOTBALL TEAM is updated to the 2016 season and includes earlier stories and statistics from the beginnings of the game at Alabama.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Eli Gold on the title page (along with a "...