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:

Perfume River Robert Olen Butler

PERFUME RIVER examines family ties with flashbacks from the Viet Nam War. The author's experience as an Army intelligence agent during that period gives him a great advantage in creating what many critics say is best novel yet by the Pulitzer Prize winner.  This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless...

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

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 ORCHARD 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. This title has been selected as a Booksmith...

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...

Everyone Brave is Forgiven Chris Cleave

EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN is set in London at the beginning of World War II, and tells the little known story of teachers sending their pupils to rural areas to protect them from Nazi air raids in London - the light skin children, that is. There is also a wartime story of romance and loss. The book is inspired by the...

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy Cassandra King Conroy

TELL ME A STORY indeed tells the story of Cassandra King and Pat Conroy's budding relationship and...

Revelation Dennis Covington

REVELATION: A SEARCH FOR FAITH IN A VIOLENT WORLD is part memoir, part reporting from the most dangerous area on earth, and part the author's questioning of his own faith. This powerful story came close to costing the writer his life.  This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is...

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. This title has been selected as a Booksmith...

Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton

BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE is about a young boy in 1980s Brisbane, Australia trying to make it through...