Book Barn!

Mar. 22nd, 2008 07:18 pm
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It's very good that I live in NYC and the Book Barn hasn't opened a branch in the city, because frankly, they'd have to ban me from that place. They'd have to tell the people there that I am addict and they should not enable my insane need to collect books, whether or not I'll ever have time read them.

I go to that place and suddenly feel like, yes, I could in fact develop an interest in something as obscure as civil war tractors or the habits of nocturnal bugs from Thailand - if only I had this book!

The Boy and I retired a few reads, and I returned a few books that I'd tried getting into but knew I wouldn't be able to finish. Because life is too short for books that give you headaches (and more shelf space for books I love or at least haven't read yet!).

This visit netted me a surprising few books, but the following finds are:

Not Flesh Nor Feathers - Cherie Priest
The Borders of Life - G.A. Kathryns
The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean
Kimono - Motoko Ito & Aiko Inoue
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime - Miles Harvey
The Raspberry Tree - Stoddard King

I think the reason for this was that I was still feeling blech because I'm battling the last remnants of the Sinus Infection from Hell which hit me like a heavyweight boxer. If I'd been in my usual ebullient mood when visiting, I'd have come back with a larger selection.

The only bad thing about having a bunch of sick days is that you're too sick to use them to write or do anything useful.

Although, hopefully, in a few weeks, I'll have some spare time in which to really dig into the Tower!Guy novel which badly needs my attention.

Date: 2008-03-23 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are you talking about the Book Barn up in East Lyme, Connecticut? I LOVE the Book Barn! A big writing goal of mine is to find my book, used, on a shelf there. It's about ten minutes from my parents' house, and I visit it every time I visit them.

Too bad they don't have a branch in Iowa...

Looks like some good book finds!

Date: 2008-03-24 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
East Lyme or Niantic? Because the one I'm referring to (replete with several cats, a few goats, and many barns of books) is in Niantic.

But I believe we're discussing the same thing, and yes, it is in fact the most awesome place on Earth.

I've looked for people from my f-list on the shelves there. I've found a few (Jay Lake, John Scalzi, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear). If I ever eyeball one of your volumes, I promise to send up a flare.

Date: 2008-03-24 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yup, that's the one! (Niantic is part of East Lyme. These weird CT villages...).

I'll be out there this summer to visit my parents, and I might take a copy over there myself.


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