Today Hobgoblin and I joined two our wonderful friends and fellow-bloggers Suitcase of Courage and She Knits by the Seashore to explore bookstores in Brattleboro, Vermont. Living in Connecticut, I tend to think that Vermont is way far away, the kind of place I would drive to only if I were going to stay for a while. But it turns out that Brattleboro is only about 2 1/2 hours from where I live, which isn’t far at all, definitely drivable in a day. So when Suitcase and She Knits invited us to join them, we agreed. Brattleboro is a cute small city, really a large town, snuggled right up next to mountains. It has lots of interesting shops, but we focused mostly on the bookstores, of which there are at least five, all within easy walking distance. First was a used bookstore that I think is Baskets Paperback Palace Book Store, although I’m not entirely sure. Then we went to the Book Cellar, then Mystery on Main Street, then Everyone’s Books (“For Social Justice and the Earth,” as their website says), and finally Brattleboro Books, a used bookstore.
I came home with five books, which seems like not very many at all, considering how great the stores were and how long we spent in them. Hobgoblin came home with eleven, which seems about right. Here’s what I found:
- Sarah Caudwell’s The Shortest Way to Hades, the follow-up to Thus Was Adonis Murdered, which I read earlier this year and enjoyed tremendously.
- Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado, a book I’ve considered getting many times now and finally felt that the time was right.
- Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind, a collection of essays I’ve been waiting to come out in paper.
- May Sarton’s The Education of Harriet Hatfield. I’m glad to have something else by Sarton on my shelves as I enjoyed her novel A Small Room so much.
- David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. I’m collecting all of Wallace’s work, because he is awesome.
I love taking road trips in search of cute towns and interesting bookstores, and I’m already look forward to the next one!