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 manager
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!
Andrea, director of operations
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 thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I have always dreamed about working with in a bookstore and I’m happy I get to fulfill that at the Novel Neighbor. I love that this bookstore embodies inclusivity through their books and really encourages kids to read.
Favorite Books: The Adventures of Tiffany Aching, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and The Inheritance Cycle.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: My favorite thing about the Novel Neighbor is the joy of handing a person (especially a kid) a new book and knowing – just knowing – that you have given them a new favorite book. The smiles as they leave the store with an arm full of books fuels my happiness for days on end.
Favorite Books: The ones I just put in my TBR pile. Seems so unfair to pick a favorite out of the ones I have read. It’s even stressful to have to select a category: ones I read as a kid, fiction, non-fiction, bandes-dessinées…ack! Just say If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. Tomorrow’s answer would be something else. But I still think the soundtrack in hell will be Bob Dylan reading Eudora Welty.
Kelly, special projects coordinator
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, The Color Purple, The Book Thief, Molokai, Night, 1,000 White Women, Nightingale, Liars Club, a Prayer for Owen Meany, A Walk in the Woods, Enders Game, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Peace is Every Step.
Recent Favorites: Killers of the Flower Moon, The Mars Room, Becoming, The Great Believers, There There, The Sympathizer, Station Eleven, The Hate You Give