Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Finds


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!

You can find more Friday Finds at ShouldBeReading.

7 comments:

mel said...

"The Bostonians" is as close to James came to producing a beach read!

debnance said...

I am slowly reading some of the titles released earlier in the year...the new Russo...the new Sarah Bird....

bermudaonion said...

Whenever I go in an Indie, I feel like I should buy something. I hope you enjoy this one.

jlshall said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the new Nabokov, too. Didn't realize it was going to be released so soon. Never been to Nantucket, but I'm determined to get there one of these days. So many novels are set there, I'd love to see it for myself.

gautami tripathy said...

Like the cover!

static of the radio bustles at me

Jess said...

I am looking forward to the Kathy Griffin book as well -- have a great weekend!

pinkflipflops said...

I picked up The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan at a garage sale today. I'm excited about that find!