It literally becomes incumbent upon me to try to slither I to a used bookstore in any twin I happen to be in other than my own. Boise Idaho was no different. And I found two.
I also managed to find three books that have the “can’t pass up” feel to them. These are all things easily acquired in Amazon, but why? The experiential/tactile sort of binary mashup is worth the shipping costs at least.The first exists in theheart of what is known at the “8th street walk,” called Rediscovered Books. A beautifully-laid out hybrid of used and new books, both shelved together with rendering stickers. Bruce, the owner, was extremely helpful to us.
It was here that I walked out with Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories. Now, I already own this on my Nook. But here’s the odd thing. I had no idea that book was as thick as it is–and for me, this seems to matter. I guess some erudite sociologist will say it’s because of my prehistoric conditioning before the digital age, but I’m getting the same vibe from my children, who were definitely postdiluvian.
Apparently, a body is fished out of the river, and discovered to have a Royal Wulff in his lip, and a stick protruding from his eye.
Sounds like a good start to me.
The third book was A Separate Peace. I bought this because I was supposed to read it a LONG TIME AGO. And never did. I found this one at Bent Corners–a solidly second-hand bookstore on N. Five Mile Rd.
Supposedly, that book has some haunting echo to it. So I’ll just read it and find out what the stink is all about.