Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Salon - Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

I'm getting together with my dad later this afternoon for brunch, but I have the morning to relax.

Yesterday my husband and I drove to Niantic, Connecticut, to visit the famous Book Barn used bookstore. What a place! It's actually three stores- a main store and two satellite shops. The main store features at least a half dozen barns housing individual genres of fiction and nonfiction- the Hades barn houses mysteries, for example, and a barn called The Last Page has sports and nature books. There is a huge fiction barn including a separate section for romance, and little outdoor bookshelves with all kinds of things scattered all over the property. There are also turtles, goats, cats and even a play area for children. Wow! The main house on the property stocks nonfiction, children's books and some rare books. They also have complimentary coffee and snacks, and chairs to sit and enjoy them outside.

We went to one of the two satellite stores as well, to find science fiction for Jeff. Very cool. The second store also had great selections of books on film, nautical history and fiction, music, dance, and more. Out of all this I bought two books, Philip Henscher's The Northern Clemency and an old volume of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Next time I'm going to bring my Bookmooch wishlist!

Today for what time I can I'm going to relax with Oscar Hijuelos's Beautiful Maria of My Soul and Marcel Möring's Holocaust novel In a Dark Wood, a truly bizarre but beautiful book. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and wondering where it's going, but it's one of those books that meanders in a way that only heightens the reader's anticipation of what's next.

What are you up to today?

You can read more Sunday Salon here. Have a great day!