What’s your favorite place to browse books?
Call me a fuddy duddy, but I miss old fashioned bookstores. Do you know the kind I mean? Slightly disorganized with overstuffed bookshelves, higgly piggly with books, real books, new books, old books, books with hard covers that smell like… well… books.
I realize I’m probably starting to sound like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. Her character worked in one of those kind of shops. Sure you might not find a huge stock of the latest Grisham thriller, but you might just find a real gem hidden among the shelves.
Am I alone in this? Do you prefer the slick polish of a Barnes & Noble and how you can get a latte made just your way served with a huge scone? At this point they have put most of the independent booksellers out of business… they even did in Borders.
I’m talking about a bookstore like the one Hugh Grant’s character owns in Notting Hill. Where the owner can tell you the author of the book about Turkey has actually been to Turkey and that it also contains a very amusing incident with a kebab in it.
I hear you saying, but Michael I love my tall half-skinny half-1 percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip. And besides, Michael, those bookshops are just in movies not real life. Except they’re not. Just a few fav’s:
- Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle’s – Mendocino, CA
- Explore Booksellers – Aspen, CO
- Daunt Books – Marylebone High Street, London, UK
- Strand Book Store – Manhattan, NY
- The Elliott Bay Book Company – Seattle, WA
- Half Price Books – Founded here in Dallas, TX
Who is YOUR favorite bookseller?