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:

Within Arm's Length Dan Emmett

WITHIN ARM'S LENGTH: A SECRET SERVICE AGENT'S DEFINITIVE INSIDE ACCOUNT OF PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT gives the reader inside scoop on never-before-discussed topics such as the complicated relationships between the presidents, the first ladies and their agents. Dan Emmett provided worldwide protection within arm's length...

The Whole Town's Talking Fannie Flagg

THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING follows neighbors and descendants of the founders of a small town as they live, love, die and carry on in manners and ways unseen and heard before. This wonderful feel-good story is about a community that never dies. This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning...

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 title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for...

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...

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 title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for...

Wherever There Is Light Peter Golden

WHEREVER THERE IS LIGHT is based on the true story of traditionally African-American colleges in the 1930s rescuing Jewish-German professors and bringing them to the United States to teach. One such fictionalized case is presented with the faculty member's son falling in love with the university president's daughter....

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf

MOST BLESSED OF THE PATRIARCHS: THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE EMPIRE OF THE IMAGINATION is a character study by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and her co author who is America's leading Jefferson scholar. The book follows Jefferson from birth to death and not only gives a true picture of the man, but dispels many of the...

Turtles All the Way Down John Green

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN finds two young girls doing detective work looking for a one hundred thousand dollar reward posted by a fugitive billionaire. The duet's leader is trying to be a good daughter, friend and student as the trail follows the billionaire's son. This title has been selected as a Booksmith...

Forrest Gump - Limited Edition Winston Groom

FORREST GUMP is the farcial adventure of the best known bumbling  fictive Alabama character and the biggest grossing movie of all time. This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for the last several decades. We will ship it free anywhere in the United...

Forrest Gump - Commemorative Edition Winston Groom

FORREST GUMP is the farcial adventure of the best known bumbling fictive Alabama character and the biggest grossing movie of all time. This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for the last several decades. We will ship it free anywhere in the United...