Thursday, December 15, 2016

Villas Bookclub

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.” ― William Shakespeare   

  The book we read this month was "The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry" by Gabrielle Zevin.

Book Cover
And we had a very interesting meeting to discuss it.  One of our members, Sandy Speigel, arranged for us to meet in a relatively  new independent bookstore that opened up in Fort Worth about six months ago.  The bookstore, The Last Word is located at 615 Jennings Ave.

The Last Word
And is owned by Paul Combs, a local Texas man.

Paul Combs, Owner of The Last Word Bookstore
It is a very eclectic, well-stocked place. He offers an area for meetings and plans to expand the area.  There is poetry night once a week...I think Tuesdays, but check his FB page for details.
       Because the book itself is about a guy who owns an Independent bookstore, the meeting place was spot on!  I really enjoyed the book...When I first began reading it, I thought...oh, it's another story about a curmudgeon like Ove, the book we just read last month....but it isn' develops slowly but really grabs you so you don't want to put it down. There is a bit of intrigue that peels away like the layers of an onion.  I definitely recommend it. And go visit The Last Word! Independent bookstores need our support!!


  1. Great tip thanks Jay. I'll definitely check out the bookstore. My book club is currently reading the Ove book.

  2. How timely! I just heard on KERA on Tuesday that bookstores are rebounding...independent ones mostly. What welcome news. I still miss going to Taylor's book just to be greeting at the door with those wonderful smells of paper and ink....

    1. I miss Taylor's bookstores, too. The store in Arlington at Lincoln Square was one of my favorite places when I first moved to DFW in 1984.

  3. I love The Last Word. It's a wonderful addition to the near Southside. And Paul has a really interesting collection of books stocked. Great place!