Friday, August 21, 2009
Well this week I've been on vacation on sunny Nantucket, going to the beach a lot and relaxing- and actually not doing all that much reading or book shopping! It's not like I haven't done any, but honestly I've found the bookstores here a little lackluster.
There are two indies on the island (no chains). Mitchell's added a beautiful second floor to its cozy little end-of-the-block nook, where it has mostly paperback stuff, including a whole wall of classic fiction. Downstairs is the rest- hardcovers, new books, children's, and their famous stock of Nantucket and nautical history. Nantucket Bookworks is a more traditional general interest indie, and although I have always enjoyed visiting, this year I couldn't find any of the books on my wish list and didn't feel like buying "just because." I'm also likely to slow down my book buying for the next few weeks as I wait for the fall titles to hit- specifically, I'm looking forward to Kathy Griffin's upcoming autobiography, Official Book Club Selection, Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturne and Vladimir Nabokov's last, The Original of Laura. So I'll save my pennies until then!
I did pick up The Bostonians, by Henry James, at Mitchell's- partly because I'm interested in it and partly because I felt bad about cracking the spine while I was browsing. Oh well!
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