Pet friendly. wallet friendly.

& just regular friendly.

1238 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

Plenty of parking behind the store.

About

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In 1989, Chris and Mary Eaton went on a date in the Normaltown neighborhood of Athens, Georgia. They fell in love. With books, Athens, and each other.

After a career spent in the bookselling business, Chris and Mary decided to create a space where Athenians could enjoy both independent-bookstore coziness and (ahem)-azon low prices.

Chris and Mary renovated the old Clarke Paint & Supply/Benjamin Moore by hand. Old and new friends pitched in, including new team members Shannon Dominy (above) and Hannah Echols.

Today, Normal Books is an Athens haven for all ages with over 5,000 books for sale. Their unique overstock and wholesale suppliers means readers can enjoy anything in store at about half the usual price. Calendars, stocking stuffers, and Mary’s original folk art fill the walls. Come with a little one for storytime, or bring some girlfriends and a bottle of wine.

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Books have been real good to us,” said Chris Eaton. “We want to be part of this community.
— Athens Banner-Herald, "Booksellers back to Normal"
 
 

the origin

 

Normal Books used to be a paint supply store. With the support of old and new friends, Chris and Mary spent months remodeling the building by hand until it reflected their dream—a bright, cozy space where little ones, pets, and Athenians of all stripes could celebrate good books. Mary’s folk art and Shannon’s ceramics (both for sale!) adorn the corners that aren’t filled with books.

Take home one of Shannon’s homemade mugs!

Take home one of Shannon’s homemade mugs!

Mary and Chris repurposed old schoolroom floors to give Normal Books its classic charm.

Mary and Chris repurposed old schoolroom floors to give Normal Books its classic charm.

Five thousand books and a few coats of varnish later, and ta-da! A labor of love for all to share.

Five thousand books and a few coats of varnish later, and ta-da! A labor of love for all to share.

 
 

Meet the Staff

Mary Eaton has also been in the book industry for nearly thirty years. She’s a folk artist with a passion about making literature accessible to everyone, no matter their income level. She loves dogs, especially her furbabies.

Chris Eaton has been in the book industry for nearly thirty years. He is usually to be found in the history section, perfecting our selection, or in the back, as our inventory manager.

Hannah Echols is a senior Journalism and English student from Augusta, Ga. She came to Normal Books with a desire to learn more about the industry with the dream of potentially opening up her own shop one day. She has an affinity for coffee, writing, laying in grass, the beach, hiking, and, of course, reading. You will most likely catch her with a classic, a memoir, or a book on faith and spirituality- and on the best days, with all three at once. 

Shannon Dominy is a writer and book lover from Warner Robins, Ga. She graduated from UGA in 2016 with a bachelors in Journalism and English with an emphasis in creative writing. She’s a lover of tea, a novelist, a crocheter of cuddly things, a potter, a dog mom, and a wife, in no particular order. She reads mostly young adult and fantasy books, but is broadening her horizons through Normal Books book clubs and events.