1713 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN | Directions 3721236.136967 -86.800991
SUN & MON 11-5 ; TUES-SAT 10-6
Neighborhoods: Hillsboro West End
Clearly Manipulating their Ratings Here – You know, I liked this bookstore, or at least thought it was ok, until I stumbled upon these reviews. The things that are being said by those with truthful, actual experiences - the ones that are not so flattering to BookManBookWoman, are all issues that I, too, have found at the bookstore, so I can "second that emotion" when it comes to the disappointing side of the store. Those issues, alone, would not make me necessarily quit going to the store. What HAS made me vow to never step foot inside that store again is the way they have - very badly - attempted to manipulate their ratings here. I'm sorry; I just despise that kind of dishonesty and will never do business with them again. I mean, their attempt here was not even well done, it is embarrassing. Obviously, the person who wrote all of the over-the-top positive reviews is really Internet ignorant and clearly doesn't know what he/she is doing. Do they REALLY think that people are THAT stupid? Do they not realize that the fact that they were ALL written on the same date, the fact that they ALL mention the "double-shelved" books, which is NOT something four different people - in a row and on the same day - would EVER think to include in a review, are HUGE tips that these reviews are bogus. Also, mentioning in each review that the owners, (sometimes mentioning their names - Saralee and Larry), are available to help you find a book is completely a lie and totally misleading. Larry has a law practice and is NOT in the store to help ANYONE find a book. Also, everything written in the positive reviews are words ONLY an employee of the store would write. In this case, I very much suspect that Saralee OR Larry wrote this dribble, and to pass them off as true reviews under different names is COMPLETELY dishonest and misleading. I will never do business with these people again. I value honesty above almost everything else. Oh, one other thing: another tip-off that these reviews are bogus? The references to the friendly atmosphere. Their "atmosphere" is a stern, middle-aged, blond-haired woman who has a permanent scowl on her face and might be the most unfriendly bookstore employee ever. She scares me. Oh, and another thing: how many reviewers, who ALL reviewed on May 17, would even KNOW there are 150,000 books in that store, much less include it in their review. These people are REALLY horrible at posting reviews. I also suspect the October post of that year was from the same person.
Lack of friendly faces... – I was disappointed that I did not receive a greeting at any time while I was in the store even though I encountered an employee on several occasions. This is not what I would expect from a family-owned business. The store was also very disorganized. I am a collector of used and rare books, so I have visited many of these types of stores. The stores that will get my business are the ones that demonstrate that they value my business. This store was a big disappointment.
Patience rewards the book lover who knows to look two-deep into the stacks. – In Short
For true book lovers, the journey to a place that stocks 150,000 pre-owned volumes will provide its own reward. Both well-thumbed paperbacks and more pristine hardcovers fill the shelves, sometimes two-deep. The store boasts a large mystery section, matched only by its expansive general and science fiction collections. Take a coffee break before browsing the well- warren aisles, rooms and alcoves for the cooking, art, history and women's issues sections.
Don't miss this charmer – Whiling away a whole Sunday afternoon is very easy when I visit my favorite used bookstore, Bookman Bookwoman, located in Nashville's lively and hip university area. I can spend hours in the local history aisle alone. The store's selection of hard-to-find and collectable volumes by notable writers of local interest is amazing, and if you don't see what you're looking for, owners Saralee and Larry will gladly locate a copy for you. I've found the service to be unfailingly accommodating and pleasant. Some stacks are double shelved, adding to the fun of the hunt. I highly recommend dropping in Bookman Bookwoman to poke around in the stacks the next time you're in Hillsboro Village.
Bookman for all readers – This quaint store has both old and current titles. If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time then browse the stacks. They have not only older, used books, but current titles. Many leather bound books if that is your fancy. Pay for a hard back what you'd pay for a new paperback. What's wrong with this picture??? Nothing. The owners are willing to help with titles, authors, topics. You may not know every book in the store, but they do. Great place to take out of town guests while strolling in "The Village". Friends from other cities always remember their visit to Bookman...and want to go back.
Excellent – I have always found Bookman / Bookwoman to be a delight: the full shelves (with books sometimes double-shelved) simply means that they are likely to have exactly what I am looking for, while the boxes of books still to be unpacked indicate the owners' desire to acquire still more books. What could be better? It's a welcoming, friendly atmosphere for both the casual reader and the serious bibliophile. The sense of Nashville as a community is a lovely bit of lagniappe, too--so much better than the impersonal surroundings of retail book stores.
My Favorite Bookstore – There is something for everyone in the HUGE selection of used books at Bookman/Bookwoman. The best stocked sections include general fiction, mysteries, science fiction, history, art, and biographies. If you love to browse you could spend days combing through the double shelved volumes that cram every inch of shelf-space. If that sounds overwhelming just ask for what you want. The staff has a computer-like ability to find it amongst the 150,000 books in the store. If they don't have it they will provide a free search to locate a copy for you. The owner also does free appraisals one day a week and they are always buying books. I love to find a good book here, then go across the street to Fido and drink a latte while I start to read it.
A sad experience, should be better – Going into Bookman is a sad event for me. The strength of the store is the paperback fiction section - easily best in town ifor SF and mystery. However, there are many grossly overpriced (average) hardcovers cluttering up the shelves. Perhaps they were nice copies once, but a steep price combined with wear and tear makes these unsellable. The overpriced detritus leads to gross shelf crowding, boxes on the floor and an extremely unpleasant atmosphere. Should be a much better store this close to Vanderbilt - poor organization and dead overpriced stock smacks of laziness. UPDATE - Note the four above reviews, three on the same day, all one-offs. This is obvious rating manipulation. Isn't it strange that the "Best Store in Nashville" has only straw defenders?
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