Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, New York

I’ve failed.

Should have seen it coming really.

For this long stay in New York City–20 days cat-sitting in Brooklyn–I vowed to buy only one book per bookstore visit.  And to visit no more than one bookstore a day.  The buy one book was to be a requirement which, while it might force me to buy books, would have resulted in fewer books purchased overall than usual.

But I failed right off the bat.

On the way back to the apartment after visiting the Brooklyn Museum we stopped in at Unnameable Books on Vanderbuilt Avenue which is just a ten-minute walk from the museum.  It’s a great little shop. Not what I would call a destination bookstore like The Strand or McNally Jackson, but an excellent neighborhood new and used bookshop with lots of titles I never heard of before that I had to have.

So I ended up with two.

The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky is a mystery by the Russian brothers best known for their science fiction published by Melville House  Books.  I’ve been a fan of Melville House Books since their Art of the Novella series started coming out several years ago.  This is a Neversink edition.  The Neversink editions feature rare titles that have all been very good so far, at least the ones I have read. And they have cool cover art like all Melville House Books do.

The second is a mystery thriller by French author Didier Daeninckx called Nazis in the Metro.  Normally I wouldn’t buy a book with the word Nazi in big print on the cover. There’s no rational reason for this, really, I just don’t want to see it when I pick up a book.  But I read a thriller by Mr. Daeninckx a few years ago, published by Melville House as I reacall, and loved it.  So, I got this one, too.

Breaking my pledge to buy one book per bookstore right out of the gate, day one. In my defense, the used price was quite good.

As a mortification, I’m going to start a running list of New York books.  If you like, you can guess just how many books I’ll end up buying during my 20 day stay in a comment.  Maybe I’ll send the winner their choice of the books I end up buying.

After I’ve read it, of course.

New York Books so far:

  1. Nazis in the Metro by Didier Daeninckx
  2.  The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

 

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7 Comments

  1. Teresa Camajani says:

    love the challenge!!! And what a great way to do New York!!!! are you eating good – not just well?????

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    On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:59 PM, James Reads Books wrote:

    > james b chester posted: “I’ve failed. Should have seen it coming really. > For this long stay in New York City–20 days cat-sitting in Brooklyn–I > vowed to buy only one book per bookstore visit. And to visit no more than > one bookstore a day. The buy one book was to be a req” >

  2. Teresa Camajani says:

    ps – landlord is uping their game – more walk throughs, more visits. Might be gone from 21 Brompton by September!!!!! Yikes!

    1. There’s always a Victorian bedroom available at our place in Vallejo if you need it.

  3. Jeanne says:

    My guess is 20. And that will take a lot of effort (to keep it to one a day).

  4. Randall says:

    I will guess 30. But there’s NO judgment here… trips to special places require the bringing home of special books from those places.

  5. I am thinking 18 days times 1.5 = 27. I am laughing at your inability to abstain from buying books. None of us can do that, best laid plans and all. Enjoy the experience.

  6. BookerTalk says:

    its only day one – there may be a day when you don’t buy any so it will kind of even out. I’m going to guess 25 books in total

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