Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Salon

It's been a long, fun weekend- I'm just back from a day and a half getaway to western Massachusetts. My husband and I went to the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge for a little overnight trip, and we had a great time. Of course books and bookstores figured prominently in the trip- all in all we visited three shops.

First up was Yellow House Books in Great Barrington (252 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA- 413-528-8227) - I love that place. It's full of beautiful, unusual things. I didn't buy anything, but I was tempted by, among other things, a book of East Asian folk tales in French, beautifully illustrated and in gorgeous condition. My husband picked up some Doctor Who paperbacks to add to his collection- the store had a whole stack of the Target novelizations he likes.

Later in the day we went to The BookLoft (322 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA-(413) 528-1521, www.thebookloft.com) , an independent new/used bookstore, also in Great Barrington. It's a sweet place to pick up the latest and greatest, and it was fun to see their selection and how they put things out. I had a nice chat with a friendly bookseller and enjoyed my visit.

Finally, today we happened upon the delightful Berkshire Book Company (Route 7, 510 Main St, Sheffield MA- 800-828-5565), a used/rare shop in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Sheffield is home to many, many antique stores, so it only makes sense that it would also be home to the kind of used/rare bookstores that bibliophiles dream about. It was two floors of incredible finds- and nearly everything was half off the proprietor's already reasonable prices. I found an Angela Thirkell paperback and my husband picked up a book from the Loeb Classical Library. He was very impressed with their Latin selection. My big find, though, was a gorgeous, slipcased, illustrated edition of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way (Du cote de chez Swann for you Francophones):
How beautiful are these pictures? And considering the price, after the discount, was less than four dollars, how could I leave it behind?

I also did a bit of reading- I brought Angela Thirkell's frothy little romp Wild Strawberries for reading in a rocking chair on the front porch of the hotel. All in all a great bibliophile weekend!