I have finished two books and haven’t had time to write about either one yet. I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion, by Dawna Markova, is an inspirational book about living on purpose. The Ghost at the Table, by Suzanne Berne, is a beautifully written novel about the stories that we tell about our past. Longer reviews are forthcoming!
This past weekend I went downtown and browsed at three different bookstores, all of which sold a mix of used and new books. I know that in my post on libraries, I wrote that I experience a greater sense of potential and enjoyment in a library than in a bookstore. However, I enjoyed my bookstoring quite a bit, almost more than I expected, even though none of the bookstores fit in to my vision of the ideal used bookstore (tightly packed, overflowing shelves, books stacked on the floor, inexpensive prices). In fact, most of them sold “nicer” used books, for seven or eight dollars or more. One of the stores was a large independent bookstore that sold mostly new books, but it had a very cozy feel and I enjoyed browsing there more than I do at an equivalent chain store such as Barnes and Noble or Borders. One of the other stores was a non-profit, with all “employees” being volunteers, and with a focus on leftist social-political and feminist issues – this focus and the fact that it is non-profit are both right up my alley. In fact, I actually bought two books there. It was on a whim; I had never heard of either before, but they both looked intriguing. One is The Un-TV and the 10 Mph Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life, by Bernard McGrane, and the other is Plain and Simple: A Woman’s Journey to the Amish, by Sue Bender. I don’t know how soon I will get to reading them, since I currently have some books checked out from the library that I want to read, but you can expect reviews on them eventually.