Reasons to Love Memphis #15 – Burke’s Books

October 13, 2009 11:25 am3 commentsViews: 12
Tons of new and used books at Burkes Books

Tons of new and used books at Burke's Books

The best thing about Burke’s Books in Cooper Young is the element of surprise. The smallish midtown store doesn’t carry a huge selection of brand new books and the new and used tomes are grouped together on the shelves. This means that the selection is constantly changing and it’s entirely possible to find a pristine used copy of a book for a fraction of the cost of a new one. When I was there last week, I picked up the new issue of Vanity Fair and a copy of Mona Simpson’s “Anywhere But Here” (used – $5!).

Burke’s is one of the last independent bookstores in Memphis and the experience you’ll have shopping there is definitely more personal than the one you’d have at a big chain book store. The owners know their store and are plenty willing to make recommendations and suggestions.

Also – Burke’s has a very complete selection of books by Southern and Memphis authors, some rare and signed books, and a very cute children’s section.

Do you have a favorite book about Memphis (or one by a Memphis author)?

Go There:

Burke’s Book Store

936 S Cooper St.

Memphis, TN

(901) 278-7484



  • I was so excited when we bought a house almost directly across from Burke’s books – then they moved! Thanks for the reminder to check in and poke around. There is something so cozy about independent bookstores.

  • I like Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.

  • Robert Gordon’s “It Came from Memphis.” Hardly unknown, but it sure captures the city.

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