Fishtown’s Bookshop with a Mission…

Meet Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriett’s Bookshop.  Jeannine combined her love of books and ambition to make society a better and more equal place, to create Harriett’s Bookshop. Named after her one her heroes Harriett Tubman, Jeannine’s bookshop offers a rotating selection literature and art collection focused on women authors, women artists, and women activists. Located in Fishtown with online store.

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Featured in Fishtown, Woman Owned , and Black Owned Directories

We asked Jeannine 3 questions about Harriett’s Bookshop…

What books do you recommend?

Can I visit the shop safely in light of COVID?

What is your IG Live at 5?

Obsessed since third grade…

Harriett’s is an Independent bookshop & writing space celebrating female writers, activists, and artists. It all started when Jeannine Cook found a vacant storefront on Fishtown’s bustling Girard Avenue corridor, the bar-and-restaurant heavy strip that leads from Frankford Avenue to the river. The landlord was willing to take a chance on an independent brick-and-mortar, so Cook signed on, naming her business after Harriett Tubman, who she said she’s been obsessed with since third grade.

Jeannine’s Recommendations

What books should I read?

Harriett’s Bookshop hand-picks their book collection every month based on specific themes.  While the collection continues to rotate,  Jeannine’s top recommendations and favorites are below. If you’re looking for a more personalized recommendation stop by Harriett’s Bookshop.

The Vanishing Half: From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

Bound for the Promised Land: Biography of Harriett Tubman: The essential, “richly researched” biography of Harriet Tubman, revealing a complex woman who “led a remarkable life, one that her race, her sex, and her origins make all the more extraordinary”

Such a Fun Age: A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

How have you adapted to COVID-19?

Harriett’s Bookshop sets up an outside market every Thursday through Sunday from 12pm – 6pm. This provides a safer way to browse and purchase books without going indoors. Contactless purchase options are available as well since Harriett’s also accepts Venmo!

What is IG Live at 5?

Jeannine hosts a weekly Instagram Live session every Thursday at 5pm. The sessions often include interviews and read alongs with some of her featured authors. The weekly event is free to join and gives you access to some of the brilliant people behind the books.

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