Not by its cover

Bookstore-cafe May Books brings literature to the shuk

By ARIEL DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN
July 14, 2017 16:46
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May Books co-owner Sarah Barkai. (photo credit: ARIEL HENDELMAN)

 
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Sarah Barkai loves books. She’s been hanging out in bookstores her entire life. So it’s only fitting that Barkai now owns a bookstore-cafe that just happens to be situated in Mahaneh Yehuda, where there is a rapidly evolving and increasingly vibrant cultural landscape that did not previously include any bookstores.

Born in France, Barkai, 41, moved to Jerusalem with her family when she was seven and grew up in Rehavia. “Some of my favorite bookstores are secondhand,” Barkai says. “Before Amazon and the Internet, before you could order anything you wanted, we would go to secondhand bookstores and rummage through to look for whatever it was we were trying to find.

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