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:

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 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 States....

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...

Paper: Paging Through History Mark Kurlansky

PAPER: PAGING THROUGH HISTORY adds to the discussion of the future of our planet. After digesting these brilliant words about paper's origins and production, as well as its influence, are we headed for a paperless society. This learned author thinks not.   This title has been selected as a...

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created Jane Leavy

THE BIG FELLA is an examination of Babe Ruth, perhaps the greatest baseball player of all time, and the mythology and cult of celebrity that grew around him as his fame grew. Leavy conducted over 250 interviews and unearthed a treasure trove of heretofore unseen documents to paint a picture of Ruth's influence on the...

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 offers engaging comments. This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among...

Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul James McBride

KILL 'EM AND LEAVE: SEARCHING FOR JAMES BROWN AND THE AMERICAN SOUL is the accurate and true understanding of the man who was one of the most influential voices on American music, and is written by the only man on earth who could have collected the complete story.   This title has been selected as a Booksmith...

The Chemist Stephenie Meyer

THE CHEMIST is a true page-turner introducing a heroine attempting to clear her name while being pursued by an ultra-secret government agency.  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...

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

GONE PRO ALABAMA: CRIMSON TIDE ATHLETES WHO BECAME LEGENDS is a collection of mini 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...

Legacy: A Rabbi & A Community Remember Their Loved Ones Jonathan Miller

LEGACY: A RABBI & A COMMUNITY REMEMBER THEIR LOVED ONES is a collection of eulogies written and delivered during Rabbi Miller's twenty-five years of service in Birmingham, Alabama. Besides serving as an expert model for those of any faith who may need assistance in creating a remembrance, it is inspirational to...

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