This was meant to be a vlog post, but I don’t actually feel like videoing myself right now.
I probably visited a dozen or more book stores on this trip. Some were awful, like the one in Cuba, Missouri. There were a few, like the one in Nashville, Tennessee, that were nice but didn’t have what I wanted. There were six I found and purchased books from.
The first bookstore of the trip was in Chicago. Selected Works Used Books & Sheet Music was a room and a half in a building so old the elevator was cranked by hand. There I bought a Perry Mason mystery: The Case of the One-Eyed Witness by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Despite going into almost every bookstore I saw, the next place I found something was Palace Avenue Books in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There I bought Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. The owner saw that I was buying it and showed me an antique he’d recently acquired with some beautiful pictures of the pyramids.
I FINALLY found If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson at The Writer’s Block Book Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When I made it to The Last Book Store in Los Angeles, I almost didn’t find anything…but then I saw Brain Storm by Don Hahn and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ Speech.
Originally, I expected this would actually be my last book store of the trip, but then I got to meet Anna Kendrick and get her book Scrappy Little Nobody at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey, a bookstore well known for its author events.
And of course, once in New York City, I couldn’t resist going to one of my favorite bookstores: The Strand. That’s where I found In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. These were all books I’d wanted for a while, so that was extra wonderful.
I’ve stopped going into big chain bookstores because I’ve found half the fun of buying books is where you get them. So where are your favorite independent bookstores? And be sure to shop there Small Business Saturday!