About the Novel Neighbor
A charming, independent bookstore housed in a unique community space filled with work from local artists, The Novel Neighbor is an endeavor that’s been taking shape throughout my entire life. Raised in the close-knit city of Bardstown, KY — just south of Louisville — I discovered early on the value of reading, art, and gathering as a neighborhood. And I’m thrilled to bring that energy and connectedness to Webster Groves, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.
The Novel Neighbor is a unique concept and space that carries new adult and childrens’ books, unique works from local artists (including our own “artist(s) in residence”). We offer an amazing community space for book clubs, classes, author events, after-school activities, tastings, parties, showers, and more! We also, include cozy areas for reading – and a fantastic kids’ section with plenty of materials for little ones (and those grown) to read, experience, and explore.
How it all began…
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Favorite Books: (This question kills me and I have TONS of favorites but these are favorite favorites): (Adult) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, (YA) This Is Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, (Classic) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & (Picture Book) I can’t decide so check out all my favorites at goodreads.com.
Favorite thing about The NOVEL NEIGHBOR: bringing a dream to life with the help and support of an incredible community of family, friends and many neighbors!
Karen, coordinator of children’s programming
Favorite Books: I’m trying to read all the classics that I avoided in high school- Grapes of Wrath is one of my new favorites.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love the children’s nook and the peek-a-boo window!
Melissa, children’s buyer/event coordinator
Favorite Books: If I’m being forced onto a desert island, I’m bringing picture book Miss Suzy (Miriam Young); classic children’s novel Emily of Deep Valley (Maud Hart Lovelace); middle grade novel The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate); YA novel The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater); and adult novel Watership Down (Richard Adams) (it’s really not a children’s book). And yes, this really is as far as I can narrow it down.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: putting books in the hands of your children.
Favorite Books: I love Douglas Coupland in every format novelist, non fiction author, artist, and screen writer. His works span so many genres while continuing to explore how a person finds their place in contemporary society. When I am not reading fiction, I am a sucker for a good science book.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love that tNN is dedicated to serving a role in community not only a local independent book store, but also by providing a space for events and activities.
Patsy, director of operations
Favorite Books: The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett. It’s a (terribly pessimistic) love story about two journalists set in the Belgian Congo on the verge of independence. I like my fiction with a healthy dose of learning about a place/time/area of interest. Also love the title essay from David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. And the essay about his experience playing junior level tennis. Possibly because it’s some of the rare DFW writing that I find accessible.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: People who love books are some of the very best people. And when I’m at the bookstore, I get to surround myself with them.
Favorite Books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, or anything by Khaled Hosseini, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love being able to hangout with the kids during craft times or birthday parties because they always have something funny to say. Also, being surrounded by books is a pretty sweet feeling.
Favorite Books: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan, Long Man by Amy Greene, Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center, (I could go on…)
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: The way it makes me feel all day long! I adore my co-workers, helping someone find their “next great read” and most especially, all the books I get to put my hands on ALL DAY LONG!
Amanda, events coordinator
Favorite Books: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund, World According To Garp by John Irving
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I literally have my dream job – fantastic coworkers, great customers and the chance to help my community by providing engaging and creative events.