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:

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 COPY (shown below) was signed by Winston Groom on the limited edition page in Birmingham. Hardbacks of this classic have been out of print for...

At the Water's Edge Sara Gruen

AT THE WATER'S EDGE is the story of a young woman in 1944 traveling to Scotland with her husband and his best friend. Left alone much of the time, she establishes friendships during these war days and witnesses an encounter with the Loch Ness monster.


THIS COPY (shown below)...

Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line John Hannah

OFFENSIVE CONDUCT: MY LIFE ON THER LINE is an inside look at both college and pro football and chronicles the ups and downs of a driven, successful athlete, ultimately and completely redeemed through grace and faith.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by John Hannah signed our copies on...

I'm Keith Hernandez Keith Hernandez

I'M KEITH HERNANDEZ is the story of the life of one of modern baseball's most talented first basemen. From his youth spent in California sandlots to his storied career with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, the man himself offers commentary and details with his trademark humor and frankness.

And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED is an emotional and brilliant look at the pulls of family through generations and across continents.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Khaled Hosseini on the title page at the store. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing. Published in...

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

KITE RUNNER while brutal, gives the reader hope through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Khaled Hosseini on the title page at the store. It is a new, unread hardback edition opened only for signing. Published in June, 2003...

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is set in Afghanistan and follows the time of the Soviet invasion through the Taliban control, to post Taliban rebuilding. The storyline features two generations of characters struggling to survive.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Khaled Hosseini on the...

Hemingway in Love: His Own Story A. E. Hotchner

HEMINGWAY IN LOVE: HIS OWN STORY was compiled from years of personal visits and tape recordings. Because of the very sensitive content, A.E. Hotchner's close friendship with Ernest Hemingway and consideration for the feelings of those involved, he waited fifty years to bring out the fascinating truth.



The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd

THE INVENTION OF WINGS debuted at #1 on The New York Times best-seller list. Inspired by a heroic woman, the riveting story is set prior to the Civil War and recognizes two sisters of privilege  struggling to be abolitionists going against their family, friends and community.



Unsheltered Barbara Kingsolver

UNSHELTERED is the story of Willa, a middle aged woman who, in a attempt to get funding to fix up her shoddy old home, learns about the history of her town and especially about a former resident from the 1880's, Thatcher Greenwood. The story then shifts back and forth between Willa and Thatcher, drawing parallels...