Left Bank Books
21 East Main Street
Searsport, ME 04974
Books, Books, Books – We carry the basics, the best-sellers, and award-wining titles, but focus on books we think you won't find elsewhere. We know that we might be a bit out of the way and want to be worth the trip. These are some of our favorite categories -- but with 5,000-plus titles it's hard to choose!
Travel – We have guidebooks, maps, a rich collection of travel essays, and a particular weakness for unique titles such as City Secrets London, Barcelona: The Great Enchantress, Walks in Hemingway's Paris, and The Great Railroad Bazaar.
Fiction – Contemporary and classic fiction (14 titles for Charles Dickens alone!) with special depth in prizewinners, short stories, foreign authors and new translations.
Children's Books – While board books and paperbacks are ideal for most children’s titles, we try to have a full selection of classics in hardcover editions. You’ll also find many old childhood favorites: the Goops, Dick and Jane, Snipp Snapp & Snurr, as well as many nonfiction titles and beautiful editions of poetry and fairy tales.
Biography & History – We don't know many bookshop owners who aren't passionate about these two subjects. We start with The Bog People and end with Howard Zinn!
Mysteries – If it's foreign and mysterious, we try to have it: from intrigue in occupied Paris or post-war Spain, to murder in Venice, Amsterdam and Stockholm. And if we don't have your favorite, we’d love to hear about it and include it in our next order.
Maine & New England – Classic Maine titles include books by Kenneth Roberts, Elizabeth Ogilvie and Ruth Moore. We also have recent works by Richard Russo and Linda Greenlaw, and shelves of guidebooks, art books and children's classics.
There are equally wonderful choices in Nature and Pets, Religion and Philosophy, Poetry, Cooking, Art and Architecture, Home and Garden, Reference, Belles Lettres, Psychology and Family, and Music. If we don't have a title, we hope you'll recommend it to us.
Journals, Stationery, Cards and Globes
We're more than "just" books, though. Each of us still believes in the charm of a handwritten note, the rewards of keeping a journal, and the joy in presenting a beautifully wrapped gift (a book, perhaps?).
We proudly feature
• Handsome stationery and imported boxed notecards.
• One-of-a-kind handpainted greeting cards.
• Distinctive cards for special occasions, featuring 1950s humor, French and Italian scenes, animals, art treasures and books
• Leather Italian journals, colorful notebooks and wonderful "Moleskines".
• Handsome globes, from 4 inches to 12 inches, in every price range (many illuminated and some of the night sky).
• Beautiful wrapping paper, including reproduction antique maps of London, Paris, Rome, New York City and Tokyo, and unusual ribbon to wrap them all up.
Finally, there are objects of intrigue that we just like to have around from time to time – lovely English glass paperweights, vintage animal nodders (Flamingos! Rhinos!), imported chocolates, and old-fashioned rubber erasers with endearing designs. We especially enjoy finding holiday cards and trinkets you won't find everywhere, but are perfect to tuck in with your book selections for unusual gifts.
Special Orders and Customer
We welcome special orders and are always happy to search for hard-to-find and out-of-print books. We offer generous discounts for schools, non-profit organizations, teachers and book clubs. Gift certificates are available in any amount, and our handsome shop gift wrapping is always free. We take phone and e-mail orders, can have many books shipped to you directly from the publisher, and are always glad to wrap and ship purchases anywhere. Generally we place orders on Mondays and Thursdays, and if you are able to call us before 10:30 a.m. on those days, we can often have your special order overnight. We accept all major credit cards and debit cards, as well as personal checks. We appreciate your business, and will do anything we can to accommodate a special need and say thank you!
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