I spend a lot of money on books. In addition to shopping on line, I shop at four neighborhood bookstores: Porter Square Books, Harvard Bookstore, The Globe Corner Bookstore, and The Coop, which is a Barnes and Noble. I’m a loyal customer at each.
I do a lot of research at Amazon. I’ll go there to buy a coffee table book on Bernard Maybeck, or a handbook on the care and feeding of lab mice, or a history of hip hop.
I go to Harvard Bookstore for the latest non fiction or biography or signed novel by Rebecca Goldstein.
I go to The Globe Corner Bookstore when I wish I could travel and I can’t. I buy a book about the silk road, or pearl fishers in Ireland.
I go to the Coop if I’m looking for the Norton Critical Edition of “Pride and Prejudice” a choice of several translations of Ovid, or the Arden “Winter’s Tale.”
But for browsing, Porter Square Books is my favorite. It’s not too big and not too small, and while it won’t have multiple editions or arrays of scholarly books, it’s got a tantalizing selection of fiction and non fiction chosen by book loving staff. Whenever I go there, I find something new. You can always buy a vegan chocolate muffin in the cafe and pick up the Indie Next list on the front table.
It’s so much fun to be included in the recommended list for July. The list is compiled by owners of other stores like Porter Square Books. These are people who read and recommend every day. Working in such a difficult environment, independent book sellers remain taste makers.
Next month I get to read and sign “The Cookbook Collector” at some of the great independent book stores:
July 6, Politics & Prose, in DC
July 7, Harvard Bookstore, in Cambridge
July 12, The Tattered Cover, in Denver
July 13, Powells, in Portland
July 14, Mrs. Dalloway’s, in Berkeley
July 15, Kepler’s in Palo Alto
July 18, Newtonville Books in Newton
I’m Indie bound.