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Rosengren's Books: An Oasis for Mind and Spirit (Hardback)
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Rosengren's Books: An Oasis for Mind and Spirit (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 30/06/2015
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Virtually every San Antonio citizen over a certain age with any interest in literature will have vivid memories of Rosengren's Books. It was the absolute center of literary culture not only in San Antonio, but in Texas, for decades. Indeed, from the 1930s to the 1980s, Rosengren's Books was considered one of the finest bookstores between New York and San Francisco.

It was a mid-continent haven for writers as diverse as Frost, John Dos Pasos, J. Frank Dobie, and Larry McMurtry. Rosengren's Books: An Oasis for Mind and Spirit is the story of a great American family of independent booksellers and the important literary institution they created. Beginning as a rare book store in Chicago, Frank and Florence Rosengren brought the store to San Antonio, Texas, in 1935. Located in various downtown locations, it became most well known as the charming book shop behind the Alamo, where it was visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. At the heart of the story is Florence Rosengren, whom former San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger calls the ""Sylvia Beach of South Texas"" and Texas Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger described as ""the chief guardian of civilization from here to Mexico City.

Publisher: Wings Press
ISBN: 9781609403799
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"Rosengren's Books is a fine reminder of a lovely book store." --Larry McMurtry
"Mary Carolyn Hollers George has done a wonderful job . . . telling many tales of the Rosengrens as book merchants extraordinaire in her new, copiously illustrated history of three generations of family members and their impact on a town that, back in 1935, was sorely in need of a good bookstore. . . . Rosengren's Books is also simply a very entertaining tale of a family following its dreams, told eloquently and with great affection, a delight for all lovers of San Antonio and its history." --Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News
"Mary Carolyn Hollers George's short volume is a tribute to a family and its bookish business. In his introduction to Rosengren's Books: An Oasis for Mind and Spirit, former Mayor Phil Hardberger offers a fond reminiscence of the shop, 'a salon of civilization and enlightenment that made us all better citizens, ' and its principal proprietor, Florence Rosengren, 'the Madame de Stael or Sylvia Beach of South Texas.'" --Steven G. Kellman, San Antonio Current

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