A Holiday “Book Review” by Marguerite Langlois
‘Tis the season for looking for a special something for a special someone – even perhaps for ourselves. So, along with – or maybe instead of – all the other shopping ideas we are getting, it seemed like a good idea to review the directions for shopping for a book. (Next month we’ll get back to our regular book review.)
2. Dress comfy. This may take a while. And there is no dress code for bookstores.
3. Coffee or tea or goodies for fuel? Couth Buzzard has them in-house at Espresso Buono Cafe; Santoro’s is right across from Herkimer Coffee and Caffé Vita.
4. When you enter the bookstore – this is important – do not, repeat, do not head immediately to the shelves that hold a specific book you might be looking for. Pause to take in the atmosphere, the special smell of books, the sense of all those ideas and stories waiting for you. Meander. You never know what you’ll find. My library holds many wonderful books I’ve found on the way to something else.
5. Most bookstores are somewhat quiet places, but if you are near another shopper who is looking at a book you’ve enjoyed, nothing wrong with smiling and saying “Oh, I loved that one, especially….” Bookstores are one of those places where we can still make those mini-connections with people who like the same things we do, and for a moment or two share things we like or laugh about or enjoy learning.
6. Do use the comfy chairs you see. They are not just for resting. They are for “trying on” books. Go ahead, take one or two or three books to a chair, sit, and see what you’ve got. It’s one of the best ways to choose a book. For myself, I know that if I find I’ve read most of a chapter, well, obviously, I need that book!
7. Want to make a bookseller’s day? Ask yours to order a book for you. Yes, it’s old-fashioned (but, umm, don’t we know all about those old ways?), and you may pay a bit more…but you’re helping to preserve a neighborhood treasure.
8. Share! Brag! Tell all your friends and relations what a great time you had!
And speaking of sharing, here’s a question for Village blog readers: What book would you like to get as a gift this holiday season? Or perhaps: What book was a special gift you received at some point in your life?
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