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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.

25 Years & Counting!

Twenty-five years ago, Keebe Fitch opened the doors of McIntyre’s Books and never looked back. Today, McIntyre’s is recognized as one of the South’s most renowned independent bookstores. With weekly author events, a seasonal Cooks & Books series and community involvement ranging from schools and library events to aiding non-profits like BookHarvest, McIntyre’s footprint is ingrained in the local community and hearts of all of its patrons. Overheard In the Barn on the 25th... 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 >

Stocking Stuffers

Not buying books saddens me, but McIntyre's has so many stocking stuffers that I must share them. This also gives me the opportunity to quote the great Mitch Hedberg: "A severed human foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer." Limbs are not our business, but the following items are: From hedgehog lip balm to owl kitchen timers to shark speakers, we've got gifts perfect for your friends that may love animals too much. A dragon keychain light will make you the envy of fantasy fans everywhere.... Full Post >

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 >