Indie Magic Are you wishing for a book-to-go this summer, something to take with you to a sparkling beach, glamping tent, or posh hotel? Or maybe you don’t want to travel beyond your own back yard — or reach any farther than your nightstand. Whether you have an itinerary or no plan whatsoever, an independent bookseller can help you find that just-what-you-were-looking-for book, even if you don’t really know what you’re looking for.
Books Along the Teche Since 1990
Alexander Books Since 1989
The Book Rack Since 1982
The Book Exchange Since 1972
Friendly, cozy shop in downtown New Iberia, near restaurants and shops. Signed copies of multiple titles by James Lee Burke — and frequent book signings from a wide swath of writers.
Sweet location near the UL Lafayette campus. A few restaurants nearby — burrritos, burgers and the like. Book clubs, author readings and live music. Bring in books for credit.
Warehouse-style space filled with books upon books upon books. Knowledge staff can direct you within any genre. Easy access from I-49. Trade your books for store credit.
Low prices and lots to choose from: romance, mystery, sci fi, Westerns. More than 120,000 books in this 2,700-square-foot shop. Buy, then return for store credit.
New, used, rare and out-of-print Hardbacks and paperbacks
Used and out-of-print Hardbacks and paperbacks
Used, out-of-print, rare Mostly paperbacks but hardcovers, too
106 E. Main St. booksalongtheteche.com (337) 367-7621
2116 Johnston St. alexanderbooks.net (FB icon) (337) 234-2096
2405 Kirkman St. (337) 433-5803
2116 Johnston St. alexanderbooks.net (337) 234-2096
Biblio-Picks We browsed, sampled, flipped and hobnobbed. Here are three suggestions from 337:
Photo by Robin May
Quercus Louisiana by William Guion Here’s a coffee table book you won’t be able to put down: an exquisite ode to oaks with the limbs of Louisiana’s trees spreading across its pages. FYI: you won’t find it on amazon. Instead, visit quercuslouisiana.com or drop into Books Along the Teche in New Iberia, which has a trove of signed copies.
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Under the Fig Leaf by Sherri Lee Summertime is fig time, whether Brown Turkey, Celeste or LSU Gold. This award-winning beauty of a book is ripe with recipes and blossoming with information. Growing, picking, drying, canning and — most of all — eating: it’s all here, under the fig leaf.
Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hilter to the Corporation by Joseph N. Abraham Former Lafayette denizen Joe Abraham -who happens to be an author and an M.D. -- recently picked up an international book award for this nonfiction title published by UL Press. The Next Generation Indie Book Award comes with a certificate, medal, and best of all, a cash prize. Or maybe that medal is the best thing ever. 47
337 Magazine Summer Issue