Travel, Books & Bookshops

So as I noted, I was traveling the past two weeks – and as I am wont to do, I acquired some books. The slideshow below shows some of the excellent bookshops where I bought some of those books, and at the end, the complete total. That total includes presents from Robert Archambeau, who is a lovely, kind person, and a copy of Simenon’s Maigret which I found in a box in Brussels.

I want to note one bookshop in each city in particular. In Chicago, the Pilsen Community bookshop is a well stocked, well curated bookshop which would be worth a visit even if Pilsen wasn’t one of the nicest neighborhoods in all of Chicago – which it is.

In New York there are many excellent bookshops. East Village Books and Codex in particular, also in the East Village, are very good, and shops you could spend hours in. But there is a shop simply named “Bonnie Slotnick’s Cook Books” run by a passionate woman who used to work in cookbook publishing. We spent at least 30 Minutes just talking to her – if you go to just one bookshop in New York, and you have *any* kind of interest in food writing (the shop contains cookbooks, memoirs, essays, of every age and price range).

In Boston I did not in fact visit my two favorite bookshops this time around. Raven is a wonderful little shop off Harvard Square – but Grolier Poetry Bookshop, just around the corner from Harvard Book Store, is one of the most unique bookshops I have ever been to. A well stocked, lovely little shop that highlights poetry, which isn’t usually at the forefront of bookshops. It is run by people who aren’t just passionate about poetry books, but about poets as well.