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.
Amanda, programming & 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, American Ulysses by Ronald White, The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
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.
Alicia, retail manager
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!
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: we have something for everyone. We’re an inclusive, quirky space where people can be authentic; that’s a rare thing to find in a store today.
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: Choosing favorite books is the worst! But I love Carolyn Forche’s The Country Between Us, Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals, Paul Monette’s Love Alone: 18 Elegies for Rog, and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. I reread Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca at least every couple of years and always in the summer. My favorite mystery writer is Louise Penny, but I also read any and all Agatha Christie. And finally, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree and Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit. Give me a minute and I’ll come up with more.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: My favorite thing about The Novel Neighbor is the community! Being surrounded by books and art and people who love books and art is my version of heaven.
Favorite Books: If stuck on a desert island, I would take the following five books with me: “Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli. It is technically a children’s book, but I almost always recommend it to childless adults. It’s basically a primer on how to be a decent human. “Bad Feminist” – Most personal essay collections that center around pop-culture may not age very well, by Roxanne Gay’s book was a game-changer for me and how I viewed the world. “Eleanor and Park” – Don’t let the YA Category fool you. Rainbow Rowell’s age old story of star-crossed lovers from two different sides of the tracks is literally the most beautiful, and tragically romantic book I have ever read. “The Great Gatsby” – Yeah, yeah this is a pretty #basic choice but I can’t help it. I try to read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic every couple of years, and every time I find a passage or a theme that completely relates back to current American life. “Things Are What You Make Them” by Adan J Kurtz – This little pocket book of sunshine should be on everyone’s coffee table and/or nightstand. I have never read it all the way through, I just pick it up, open it and there is my inspiration for the day.