Paradise Found Bookstore!
We offer a garden of reading in paradise, on beautiful historic Anna Maria Island, Florida.
We sell new books of every genre, as well as discounted books and bargain books.
We also sell succulent plant dish gardens, bromeliads, air plants, driftwood art, vertical gardens, potted plants and cactus, and much more!
Come browse original art by local artists, including oil paintings, watercolor prints, & greeting cards.
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We have a few suggestions for our readers, and many more to choose from if these don’t strike your fancy.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: The Washington Post calls Small Great Things “the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers.” With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Jodi Picoult says, of writing this book, “I expect pushback from this book. I will have people of color challenging me for choosing a topic that doesn’t belong to me. I will have white people challenging me for calling them out on their racism. Believe me, I didn’t write this novel because I thought it would be fun or easy. I wrote it because I believed it was the right thing to do, and because the things that make us most uncomfortable are the things that teach us what we all need to know.” This is a book that should be required reading for everyone.
The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key is both a grand comic satire on the contemporary American South and the tender story of a boy and his Bunyan-esque father, told with the comic punch of David Sedaris and the wild, burlesque charm of Mark Twain. Harrison grew up in Mississippi, where, he says, “there was very little to do but shoot things or get them pregnant.” Of his father, he says, “The man was perhaps better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the 19th century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, who taught us many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and also, if necessary, with hammers.” Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World’s Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir—the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with a father it took him a lifetime to understand.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. National Public Radio calls this memoir “a virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more.” The Los Angeles Times says this book is “alternately brutally honest, philosophically deep, stabbingly funny, and, perhaps most important, refreshingly humble.” If you are a Springsteen fan, you must read this book. It’s hefty, but it’s worth it.
For the Wee ‘Uns:
Little readers grow into avid readers—and have a competitive edge over those who were not introduced to books at an early age. Plus, reading is fun, as they soon discover. Here are some suggestions.
Fancy Nancy: When author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser first introduced Fancy Nancy to the world a decade ago, we wonder if they had any idea the phenomenon they were unleashing. Now, 70 titles and 29 million copies later, Fancy Nancy continues to capture the hearts of young girls everywhere. She is a young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boas, tutus, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as “iridescent,” “ecstatic,” and “extraordinary” and anything in French. We were charmed in 2005 when the first book came out, and we are still big fans.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is much loved by young readers, boys and girls alike. The various adventures –and misadventures—of mid-school weakling Greg Heffley are told in a wry tone that clearly strikes a chord with fans. The books include such titles as the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Your young readers will not tire of these books, and they will be bugging you for the next one as soon as they finish the last one! We love Jeff Kenney for another reason: He is an independent bookstore owner, too!
Every Skippyjon Jones book by Judith Byron Schachnew: These books feature an irrepressible Siamese kitten who thinks he’s a super hero Chihuahua! These books use rhyme and wordplay, peppered with Spanish expressions and phrases, to convey the adventures of this adorable feline. Titles include: Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, Skippyjon Jones Cirque De Olé and the latest, Skippyjon Jones Snow What.
In this Garden of Reading, you will also find: original art and products designed by local artists and, of course, gorgeous, rare and affordable plants. There is a driftwood bromeliad wall for sale, as well as other driftwood arrangements large and small. Rare cacti, dish gardens, and specimens cultivated from seed by our master gardener, Kate. She can tell you all about these plants, how to care for them and what to expect as the seasons go by. You will be awestruck by the front garden she has created—it stops traffic at times! All of these plants reflect the commitment Kate has to preserving rare species and even creating new ones.
Cedar Vertical Garden Planters
These awesome planters are handmade by a local artist who lives here on the island. He doesn’t use nails; they have the most amazing, seamless look and are finished with marine grade spar urethane. I’ve planted some epiphytic cacti (cacti that grow on other plants in the jungle….amazing, right??) in some, and orchids in others. All of these will do great indoors in low light.
Dyckia ‘Big Black’
A beautiful terrestrial bromeliad. Terrestrial bromeliads have to be planted in the ground, not like their cousins, the air plants. Each rosette will get up to 12 inches across and show a fabulous burgundy wine color. A tall spike of candy corn colored flowers shoots up in the spring and fall. Plant it in the ground in a frost free zone and water well until established. Also looks amazing in pots!