Bookstores used to be my sanctuary.
In the past I could spend an hour or so browsing the books, considering this new release or that older novel in it’s paperback incarnation. I could read a few pages and decide if the book would hold my attention, look at the author’s photo, read her bio (jealous, jealous!), roam around. The new version of Barnes & Noble, filled with gifts, puzzles, remainder books, and more, does not invite that kind of lingering – there are hardly any chairs anymore. In fact, it hurried me out the door, as I dragged my poor husband behind me, who had been happily flipping through a book on how to write computer code (I will refrain from commenting here) while sipping on a coffee in the ubiquitous Starbucks.
This is why I shop on Amazon now – a seductive and easy place to find books to read. What I used to do in real life at my local Barnes & Noble I now do online in the Amazon bookstore. Each book you read leads you to dozens of others that you might enjoy, and most of them offer a few pages to read – albeit virtually – to decide if, in fact, a book will hold your interest.
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For a while, I felt like I was abandoning poor Barnes & Noble, but after my last visit I’d say my switched allegiance was a valid choice.
Finding a good book is less of a romantic effort and more matter-of-fact now. It’s easy to find the best-sellers that you’ll enjoy – but what about the books that maybe flew under the radar a bit, the ones that, in a real bookstore, would have been in the stacks and not on the “new releases” table?
More about books: My 10 Favorite Books of 2014
Here are a few of my favorite books that you may not have heard of yet.
Heft: A Novel by Liz Moore
A 550 pound man hasn’t left his home in a decade until receiving a phone call from a former student which creates a chain of events that bring the outside world to him once again.
Away: A Novel by Amy Bloom
A young woman, newly immigrated to America, gets word that her daughter, thought to be dead, may still be alive. Her global quest to find her daughter is both panoramic and heartbreakingly intimate.
Bridge of Sighs: A Novel by Richard Russo
A story of two friends – one who lived his entire life in their hometown, one who traveled the world and lives in Italy. As the hometown man at age 60 begins to prepare for a trip to Italy with his wife, he reminisces about the friendship the two men have shared and the life he has lived with the girl whose heart he won so long ago.
After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey
The true story of a journalist’s search for answers about his father’s death.
Carry the One: A Novel by Carol Anshaw
A tale of family ties, a secret, and the way life changes how we see things.
Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss
A desk, a writer, a man and his wife – a complicated story that ultimately leaves you amazed and dazed.
Time and Again by Jack Finney
A man is chosen to be a time traveler in 1972 New York City. Through a pathway in the famed Dakota apartment building, he travels to his city back in 1882.
Do Not Miss This Book!!!!