At McIntyre's Books

An independent bookstore with one of the friendliest, most experienced staffs around. Surrounded by gardens in bloom, pastures containing our Belties, the shops and restaurants of the Village Center, we offer a singularly pleasant book buying experience.

My Best Book Club Bets

Looking for new Book Club ideas? Here are my best book club bets: The Floor of Heaven by Howard Blum One of my favorite books of narrative non-fiction ever. Set in Alaska during the Yukon gold rush and seen through the lives of three characters, a Denver crime boss, a Pinkerton detective, and the American who started the whole thing. Think Krakauer and Larson for comparisons.   The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne A debut from a Durham author that is utterly original and... Full Post >

Oh, I’ve been reading…

It's been awhile, but while I haven't been writing I have been reading and reading and reading some more. Some good, lots bad but that's the nature of the beast when you read as much as I do. I'm learning to distrust international bestsellers that are finally making it here (especially from France it seems like). I'm also becoming increasingly leery of 600 page opuses (except for one called I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes coming out at the end of May which you will be hearing much more... Full Post >

Staff Picks: North Carolina Authors

Forget Shakespeare, forget the Greek and Roman poets, forget the literary canon! Let's pay homage to North Carolina authors, who can match wits with the best of the book world. Here are just a few of our favorite books by local authors. These are stories that will stick in your brain because, after all, the pen is mightier than the . . . Looks like we can't cross Shakespeare off our list just yet. Up, up, and away to staff picks! The King of Lies by John Hart "Yowza!... Full Post >

Out-of-Season Tree Decorations

ALERT: Last night, a gang of witty Fearrington knitters tagged a tree in front of McIntyre's with scarves. On the scarves are snarky fake book titles like Smart Beer by Bud Wiser and Robots by Anne Droid. One title, Falling Trees by Tim Burr, made me jump back! I was, after all, standing under a tree. That title may just be an homage to Pitbull and Ke$ha. These crafty ne'er-do-wells didn't stop at one tree --you'll find homemade scarves, flowers, and puppets on... Full Post >

Staff Picks

Let's dive into staff picks! This is a good bunch--you'll find a mix of authors on the rise and ones who are already in their primes. The Kept by James Scott "Every so often a book comes along that just knocks my socks off. The more I think about it the more it resonates with me. The Kept is such a book. While it is one of these bleak and grim types that I tend to gravitate towards and know exactly which readers will enjoy, I will recommend this book to almost anyone.... Full Post >

A Small Welcome

Heads bent, we graciously welcome Sir Wok and his pup of indiscriminate origin to the McIntyre's family. Made from wok pans, belts, and a purple feather duster, this suit of armor keeps the mystery room under control. Fear his right glove, which sometimes falls off. Fear his squat dog, gleaming in golden armor. Fear the podium on which he is mounted, which has wheels. Eric Juengst -- armor artist, husband of kids' book buyer Katherine, and director of UNC's Center for Bioethics --... Full Post >

Staff Picks: Short stories

The short story is thriving. Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize. George Saunders and Junot Diaz contend for National Book Awards. Claire Vaye Watkins incorporates the mythology of the American West to write the dark collection Battleborn, which seems to shudder in your hands as you read. Kevin Barry performs wonderful tricks of Irish dialect in Dark Lies the Island. What has lead us to this wonderful year? Here are 5 collections--written over the past two decades or... Full Post >

Winter Cheer

These trees in front of McIntyre's Books are Ilex verticillata, also known as winterberry. They - two females and a male pollinator  - where planted when the bookstore was "planted" 24 years ago, and they are about as tall as you'll find anywhere. The clouds of red berries persist well into winter and often are eaten, over the course of a single day, by migrating cedar wax wings. We'll see them the next 3-6 weeks or so. Full Post >

Staff Picks

Thank you to our holiday treat-bearers. For the past week, I've dealt with chocolate mouth, the dehydration that comes from eating only chocolate all day long. With these sweet gifts, we've added about fifteen to twenty lbs. to our staff. No matter. We'll shed our hibernating weight in the new year. Until then, we read! Here's a peek at books we've enjoyed lately. We'll start with Pete's pick, Goat Mountain. A boy hunting with his family spies a poacher in his gun's scope. The boy... Full Post >

Pat Conroy, Staff Picks, and more!

On the morning of Pat Conroy's visit, the rain and glop seems to be giving way to sun. I'd like to thank everyone for helping us sell out the event --without this kind of support, we wouldn't be around and we wouldn't be able to host authors of Conroy's caliber! Buying the books you want from McIntyre's has never been easier. Come through the door and get lost among our shelves or cozy up in front of the fireplace (no one has yet attempted to cook marshmallows). There's always one of the... Full Post >