I’m one of those people who get excited over the Man Booker Prize. Almost every year, once the long list is announced, I head over the my local library to get as many of the nominated books as I can. Typically, there are a few not yet available in America, and there are a couple my library doesn’t have yet. So I check out two … Continue reading Sunday Salon: Why the Booker Short List Ruins my Reading and Other Bookish Items
C.J. and I head home for California tomorrow. It has been a wonderful three weeks in New York. The best thing about an extended stay is that you don’t have to cram everything into one day. You can get up late, have breakfast, see a sight or two, have a nap, eat in or out, maybe go to a show. Normally there would be no … Continue reading New York: The Final Bookstore Ramble
Just two more books to add to my total since the last post. Two more books from two different bookstores, which implies that I’m keeping to my one-book-per-store requirement. We visited McNally Jackson Books down on the Lower East Side after a trip to The Tenement Museum which is a must see if you ever visit New York. And a lunch at Katz’s Deli. … Continue reading New York Bookstore Rambling Continues
So I am at seven books for seven days, as planned. Today, we made the obligatory visit to The Strand Bookstore, which you really must see if you visit New York and you love books. The advertize 18 miles of books, which is probably true. Four stories of books, mostly new titles at a slightly reduced price with some used titles at a slight additional … Continue reading New York City Book Buying Total Reaches Seven!
I’m sort of keeping to my book buying pledge at this point. With modifications. 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, … Continue reading 4 Books in 4 Days: Literary NYC Update
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 … Continue reading Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, New York
Coming to you today from the laundry room in the basement of the University of Chicago. I’m here for a Gilder Lehrman program on Literature of the Jim Crow period which starts today. I’m doing laundry because C.J. and I decided to make a vacation of it so I’ve been here since Tuesday. I was very good up until yesterday–no bookstores. We even walked past several … Continue reading Sunday Salon: Rambling Round Chicago Bookstores
Towards the end of every year many book bloggers produce their top ten books of the year. This tradition is a fun way to fill in some of the down time so many of us have between Christmas and New Years. I’ll be posting my long list as part of tomorrow’s Sunday Salon. But this year I thought I’d celebrate not just the books I … Continue reading Favorite Bookstores of 2014: The Long List
My first night in New York, Tuesday, after a long flight spent cramped in economy class, so of course I left C.J. at the hotel and headed right for The Strand in spite of vowing not to go until our last day there. Afterwards, I went down Broadway to The Famous Cozy Soup and Burger Restaurant where I had a bowl of matzo ball soup. … Continue reading Sunday Salon: Thanksgiving in New York City!