Avoiding bookstores

On Tuesday this week my wife and I took the day off for trip to the countryside. There were no bookstores on the agenda. We planned to visit two rural towns we knew and go for a bike ride. I was not looking for books, did not want to buy any books, and meant to have a good bike ride followed by a cold beer before heading home. So I…

The Old Bookshop

We’ve all been there. The sign says used books, or old books, or just books for sale, so we turn in the drive. Usually it is an old barn or a garage where the owner has stacks of used books on tables or tossed onto shelves — popular fiction from the last twenty years, at least one Arthur Hailey novel (for some reason it’s usually Airport), a stack of microwave…