Range and River Books to close its doors at the end of July
Diane Doonan was the sixth owner of Bishop’s used bookstore. She named her venture Range and River Books. Before that it was Eastside Books, and before that, the Worn Book Worm. She was hoping there’d be a seventh.
She’s closing her doors after 13 years of business. She’s not leaving over failing finances. Business is fine, books are selling, her financial records prove that. Doonan in not sick or ill, and she doesn’t have cancer. Some customers have asked. She runs a ranch with her husband Dave (the Montgomery Creek Ranch and Cinnamon Ranch), and she can no longer effectively and efficiently devote her attention to both.
“I need to do one thing well, not two things poorly,” Doonan told The Sheet.
A small town isn’t a small town without a bookstore. The outside of Doonan’s store had a public piano and seating in the shade. The inside smelled like paper, a little musky from the treasure trove of books that come in after an estate sale. It’s as quiet as a library, but it’s also a social scene.