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.

Staff Picks

Here are some books that have been keeping us up at night: The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman "This book took me back to my childhood when I loved to read Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and others. Good international thrillers that pumped up the heartbeat and kept me reading way past any bedtime, much to my mother's chagrin. The Labyrinth of Osiris, set in the Mid-East and featuring a partnership between Israeli and Egyptian detectives, has done the very same thing... Full Post >

David Tanis Kicks Off Cooks & Books Series

We are so excited David Tanis will be here to kick off our Cooks & Books fall mini season on Thursday, October 24th at 1pm. In One Good Dish, his first non-menu cookbook, the New York Times food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yet totally surprising—and there’s something to learn on every page. As a chef at Chez... Full Post >

Staff Picks: Katherine

Before I could finish asking Katherine what books she's excited about, she had slapped two in my hand. My hand hurts, but all the better for y'all, who can now take a peak at her picks. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (a young adult title) "This is an incredibly spiritual book -- about gender identity and how it shifts -- a compelling look at how humans connect passionately and how human wounds and self-perception can control us. In this work, the power of love redeems.... Full Post >

Staff Picks: Dear Life

A review from Lucia, the newest member of our team, on Alice Munro's Dear Life: Described by Cynthia Ozick as "the Chekhov of our time," Munro now claims Dear Life will be her final story collection. Her prose delights, for the compression of her sentences, the startling plot twits, and the wide swathes of time and transformation of memory that these stories chart. Dear Life is packed with joy, sorrow, and compassion in equal measure. A stunning farewell from a deeply... Full Post >

Staff Picks: This Is How You Lose Her

My girlfriend gave me This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz in hardcover for my birthday, and as of its release in paperback a week ago, I have not lost her. These short stories follow a narrator who continually does dumb things to women who readily retaliate. Diaz left me laughing and shaking my head at this guy who screws up his relationships in Larry David-esque ways. I'll read anything by an author who pens this line: "She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so... Full Post >

Pete’s Mystery Newsletter: Vol. 2

If you haven't signed up for Pete's mystery newsletter, you're missing out! Here's a taste of why you should sign up now! - Jared Pete's Mystery Newsletter, Vol. 2  JAMES LEE BURKE FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE! As I was reading James Lee Burke's latest The Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, I was once again stunned by his virtuosity. The man can pack more into one sentence than most can on a whole page, his descriptions beggar belief. As I was getting further into the story which has... Full Post >

Staff Picks

From our bookshelves to yours, here are books that we won't shut up about at McIntyre's Books: The Unwinding by George Packer  This is modern America in a nutshell. Greed, avarice, and the quashing of the America dream (think Raleigh, NC) as told through the stories of people across the board. It reminded me of great narrative nonfiction like Nickel & Dimed and Fast Food Nation, very readable and though provoking. More -... Full Post >

Staff Picks

What a tale of friendship! Told in a stark yet beautiful style this novel perfectly evokes the moldering steel towns of the Northeast as it tells the tale of two friends and the decisions they are forced to make after a terrible accident. American Rust is the latest addition to my growing list of great American novels. Buy the book Full Post >

Working, Living and Playing at Fearrington

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Thai New Year Dinner at The Granary, one of the Cooks and Books events sponsored by McIntyre’s Books.  The author of Real Thai, Nancie McDermott, spoke about her books, her life and her passion for food, as well as, her wonderful insight into Thai cooking, Thai culture and Thai people -– and even a bit of Southeast Asia’s geography and history.  Colin Bedford and his team outdid themselves with 10 different Thai dishes, from... Full Post >

Cooks & Books Heats Up this Spring

McIntyre's Cooks & Books Series has been growing since it started in 2011! We have hosted gracious cooks, enjoyed lively conversation and devoured delectable meals from some of the best cookbooks of the year. The Cooks & Books momentum is not slowing down this Spring! We have some amazing events lined up (including dinner with the one and only Thomas Keller). Check out the upcoming events here or pictures from the past event on our Facebook page! Full Post >