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:

Avenue of Mysteries John Irving

AVENUE OF MYSTERIES takes place in Mexico and the Philippines, as the past collides with the future when a young  teen-age brother and sister deal with her ability to read minds


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by John Irving on the title page at his office. It is a new, unread first...

The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Sage of the USS Neosho: A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea Don Keith

THE SHIP THAT WOULDN'T DIE: THE SAGA OF THE USS NEOSHO - A WORLD WAR II STORY OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL presents an amazing story of a tough ship and an even tougher crew that fought an historic battle in the Pacific and eventually helped bring victory to America. 


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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.



The Best American Poetry 2015 David Lehman

THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2015 showcases work by such leading poets as Jane Hirshfield, Terrance Hayes, Amy Gerstler, and Ron Padgett. Many outstanding younger voices are also introduced. Each contributor is offers engaging comments.


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Gone Pro Alabama: Crimson Tide Athletes Who Became Legends Steve Millburg

GONE PRO ALABAMA: CRIMSON TIDE ATHLETES WHO BECAME LEGENDS is a collection of biographies of Bama athletes who all went to the next level. Read the convincing argument of which Alabama quarterback became the best pro - Bart Starr, Kenny Stabler or Joe Namath, and other comparasons of the best of the best superstars. If...

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee Marja Mills

THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE is a delightful accounting of the two years Marja Mills spent living in Monroeville, Alabama as a neighbor to the beloved Harper Lee. Many myths are debunked in this warm book.


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Man in the Blue Moon Michael Morris

MAN IN THE BLUE MOON is a tense story set in early twentieth century Florida. A mysterious fellow suddenly appears and is possibly a wonder - or a con man.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed on the title page by Michael Morris at the store.  It is a new, unread first edition opened only...

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League Jonathan Odell

MISS HAZEL AND THE ROSA PARKS LEAGUE witnesses two women exchanging animosity for friendship. They discover that the differences of their race and status can be overcome by their similar experiences in life.


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Orhan's Inheritance Aline Ohanesian

ORHAN'S INHERITANCE follows a young man's journey from Turkey to the United States to unravel the mystery of why his grandfather would bequeath the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away.


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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848 - 1868 Cokie Roberts

CAPITAL DAMES: THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WOMEN OF WASHINGTON 1848 - 1868 includes never-before-published stories that show the women of Washington, DC and their Southern sisters forever changed the role of women in America.