A Visit to the Book Doctor Turned Into a Story
by Mallary Tenore Tarpley
I stumbled across the Book Doctor’s shop while walking around Dallas’ Bishop Arts District one day. It’s a tiny shop, nestled in the corner of a strip of stores.
I went into the store and started talking with the shop’s owner, Julie, a.k.a. the Book Doctor. She told me fascinating anecdotes about her customers, many of whom are book sellers or self-described bibliophiles. They seemed to carry tales that were as interesting, if not more interesting, than the books they bring in for repairs.
Julie told me that she is 12 weeks behind on orders. I wondered, with the economy the way it is, why are so many people looking to get their books repaired? Julie said she believes it’s because of the sentimental value that’s attached to books. People really do love reading, so much so that they’re willing to spend upwards of $1,000 repairing their books and Bibles.
After talking with Julie, I felt compelled to write a story about her, her shop and her customers.