The original goals was to buy one book at each bookstore I visit. While this may have forced a few purchases I wouldn’t have made, I think it would have resulted in fewer purchases overall.
First day in New York, first bookstore I visit, two books bought.
But no books purchased, in spite of a brief visit to The Strand, until yesterday when I bought two at Book Book on Bleeker Street in the West Village. Book Book is a terrific little shop, by the way, an excellent neighborhood bookstore, small with a terrific selection of new and bargain books.
This brings my current total to four books:
- A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
- Nazis in the Metro by Didier Daeninckx
- The Expendable Man by Dorothy Huges
- The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
I’m not planning on visiting a bookstore every day, but with 14 days remaining, I would end up with quite a few books if I did.
So, if you’d like to take a guess on just how many books I will end up with before heading back to California, leave your entry in a comment. I may even send you one of the books I buy. After I read it, of course.
Meanwhile, we did make a couple of book related stops this week.
First, we visited the New York Public Library to see the reading room and Winnie-the-Pooh. C.J. had never seen Pooh before, so he wanted a picture with him to post on face book. Pooh, Tigger, Eeore, Kanga and Piglet have improved digs since I last saw them seven years ago, but are still on view in the children’s room downstairs. Afterwards, I asked the librarians if I could get a library card, just to have one as a souvenir. While you have to be a New York resident to get a live card, they are happy to hand out un-activated card if you ask.
The reading room is well worth a visit if you’re a bibliophile. It remains just as it was when the library first opened it over 100 years ago. The murals in the rotunda as you enter pre-date the WPA mural projects, but look very much like them.
Our second library visit was the J.P. Morgan Library which is just a short walk away and free every Friday night after seven. I know in my heart that the Morgan Library is a collection of ill-gotten gains. Nobody who got that rich in the 19th century, maybe in any century, did it fairly and justly to say the least. But it did produce a marvelous, beautiful library and a wonderful collection of stuff.
As far a vacation reading goes, I have not been doing that much. I did finish the science fiction novel I brought along for the plane ride yesterday, but that’s it so far. Today, I’ll be starting Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility for the Jane Austen Read All A-long which started on Saturday. You can still join in the fun. Read more about it here.