Welcome to Country Bookshelf

We are a local, independent bookstore located in historic downtown Bozeman. Our goal is to promote the love of reading to all, by carrying the best selection of books anywhere! We host regular author events and workshops throughout the year, as well as our very own Book Club.

The Country Bookshelf was first founded in 1957 by Polly Renne in a small shop just off Tracy Avenue, and after several years, Marguerite Kirk relocated the store to the White Chapel on West Main Street. Mary Jane DiSanti, owner of the bookstore for 36 years, then purchased the store and later moved it back downtown in 1986 to its current location, renovating and expanding the space which would eventually become a landmark, and the largest independent bookstore in Montana. In 2010 Mary Jane transfered ownership to Ariana Paliobagis, who has continued to make the bookstore one of the most knowledgeable, people-friendly book stores around. 

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

by Fredrik Backman

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest... Read more

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