Last week's Sunday Salon found us at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Our excuse for the trip was to transport Daughter #1 to a New York Times seminar for college newspaper editors, but we also wanted to be in the city just in case Twin A's Poland trip took off (it didn't). We had a wonderful time... saw Mary Poppins on Broadway, ate at some fabulous restaurants, did some shopping, spied Kelsey Grammer getting out a limo, and explored the city.
While the girls spent time in Urban Outfitters, my husband and I wandered a few blocks up Broadway and stumbled upon Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers. I could have happily browsed there for hours, but the girls finished their shopping and needed us to return with the credit card, so we exited with just a couple of books.
Our next stop would be The Strand Bookstore - famous for its 18 miles of books. Another brisk walk up Broadway, and I was finally there!
Is this a book lover's paradise or what? Daughter #1 was nearly as overcome as I was, but my husband groaned... he knew this would take a while! The other girls were (sort of) happy to browse, but it was nearly 9PM and hunger pains were becoming a problem. Turns out we only had half an hour, but I did purchase nine books.
From the bottom:
From the bottom:
- Sons by Pearl S. Buck - volume 2 of the Good Earth trilogy; I may need to reread The Good Earth first
- The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - love Wharton, love short stories
- Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann - German classic I've been wanting to read
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster - love the author, Rose City Reader's review
- The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty - loved her short story "Why I Live at the P.O.", Jill (Fizzy Thought's) review
- The Easter Parade by Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road was amazing, Rachel's review convinced me to read this next
- The Summer Book by Tove Jansson - Nymeth gets the blame for this one
- Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto - Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge will be here before long
- Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto - loved Kitchen, and will read this for the challenge, too
I suppose it would have been dangerous to spend much more time there anyway. The family was impressed when I came away with nine books "without even trying", but the best part is that these are books I couldn't find at my local B&N or Borders.
A piece of good news to share:
Daughter #1 landed a summer internship at ESPN. She'll be living in the NYU dorms, so we have an excuse to visit again!
I'm struggling with Tinkers by Paul Harding, the slim (191 pages) book that recently won the Pulitzer Prize. The writing is beautiful but, after 70 pages, I'm not really engaged. My new stack of books may be partly to blame... this could be a DNF.
We passed our 'home visit' and hope to have a dog in 4-6 weeks.
Finally, apologies for the rambling post... there's been a lot going on around here. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Will you be spending part of it with a good book?