Where? Oberursel, Germany
Recommended by Patricia Batholomew
Located in Oberursel, a town north west of Frankfurt, the Little Taunus Bookshop , opened in November of 2007, is a true jewel of foreign language books in Germany. Heike Wolf decided to take advantage of her previous experience with expats living in Germany and create a bookstore which would satisfy the needs and desires of any English native speaker. In 2003, she has even started a small publishing house called Fairmount Publishing which specializes in books for expats in Germany. She has managed to accomplish this ambitious task and the fact that she had to overcome the handicap of limited space (her bookstore spreads on 40 square meters, which explains the word 'little' in its name) makes the final result even more worthy of admiration. The bookstore is not overstuffed, as Heike pays special attention to a careful selection of titles which find their way to the shelves. The white interior gives away a feeling of tidiness and cleanliness - with books neatly displayed on the shelves and clearly visible to the eye.
The Little Taunus Bookshop stocks books in English, which is the characteristic language of the books in the shop, French and German. English titles, both new and second-hand make up for more than three-fourths of the store's offer. They have both a fiction and a non-fiction department, where the fiction one mostly comprises of new bestsellers, classics, crime section and a large children's books section upon which the bookstore owner takes special pride in. When it comes to non-fiction, it mainly consists of biographies, books on history, travel, business, etc. There is an emphasis on books about Germany and German language courses for people moving to the country from abroad. There is, of course, an ESL section for those who desire to improve their knowledge of the English language.
All the books in the store can be purchased online and the bookstore will more than gladly order a book which they do not have in their stock for you. It also holds occasional readings and regular group meetings and other events.
The Little Taunus Bookshop
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Mon-Fri 10-13 15-18:30