Leaving a Bookstore

“Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth. It’s hard to leave a bookstore any day of the year, though, because a bookstore is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.”
Jane Smiley

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5 Comments on “Leaving a Bookstore”

    • Oh Jeez. That’s too bad. I’m so fortunate to live right down the street from a wonderful independent bookstore that gets wonderful authors to come in a do readings on a regular basis. It’s right across the street from my favorite independent movie theater.

      • Enjoy it while it lasts. I just moved back to a town that I used to live in several years ago. At that time, there were five, maybe more books stores. Now there are two (all the big ones have closed) and they only sale rare and used books. What a shame.

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