Well, readers, by now you’ve probably begun to wonder if I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. I have not been posting or updating the blog’s Facebook page in several weeks now. Have no fear, it’s all been for a good reason. Let me tell you a story. A little over two years ago, […]
In a recent interview with PBS, Ann Patchett, bestselling author of books like Bel Canto, State of Wonder and the just-released novel Commonwealth, discussed her involvement with Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville. (The entire interview is great, but skip ahead to about 5:18 to hear specifically about the store.) When asked why independent bookstores […]
Certain books come to you only when they are meant to, when you are ready to receive whichever message they carry within their pages. However these books appear, they show up at a time when you need them most. That’s one of the most magical things about books. It’s as if they possess intuitive powers, […]
Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, by Sally Allen *Disclaimer: I received a free, digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review* If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for books about books. Any volume that will serve to point me in the direction of more good reads is one […]
Three years ago, I got it in my head that I needed to buy a copy of ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King. So began a quest through dozens of bookshops all over Maine….
Summer in Maine is perfect for hitting the road and discovering new shops, ice cream stands, drive-in theaters, restaurants… and, of course, bookstores. Because what is summer without good reads?
Spontaneity is good, especially when there’s a bookshop waiting at the end of the journey.
This shop first struck my eye with its huge yellow banner proclaiming BETTER BARGAIN BOOKS. In my experience, there has never been a more effective marketing ploy to get me in the door of a merchandising establishment.
I believe in polygamy. Book polygamy, that is. I’m taking extreme creative license here by deciding that polygamous, for my purposes, relates to the practice of reading more than one book at once. A few years ago, I got into the habit of keeping a list of all the books I read in a […]
Do you remember your first used bookshop? Can you still recall the way the afternoon light streamed in through the windows, or how you felt when you walked in the door, bell tinkling above you, and knew you were in a place full of actual magic? To tell a tale of Lippincott Books, I must […]