At the Atheneum I fell in love, Pygmalion-like, with the previously posted HP Lovecraft bust, but the interior of the whole building is alluringly lovely. And for a small library, there's a fine mystery section of crime fiction, both classic and modern.
Commonwealth Books has everything I like in a bookstore: marvelous old building, enticing and intriguing nooks, interesting cuttings affixed to the shelves, and books, books, books, piled high everywhere one looks. I came back a second day and there was a new pile of Rex Stout pbs in immaculate shape, those nice Bantam editions from the 80s and 90s. I made some nice finds indeed, including both paperback and hardcover titles. More in the photo captions!
I definitely want to come back to New England--the pungent aroma of old books and ancient (well, by American standards) learning was everywhere.
|Providence Atheneum: a severely classical exterior, yet what bookish beauties await within!|
|quite an impressive pack of Peter Loveseys|
|Delight and Darkness:|
I was amused to see Golden Age patrician Margaret Armstrong
--a writer I believe was instrumental in getting reprinted
(though the publisher never bothered to acknowledge this)--
rubbing shoulders with "gritty" specimens of Icelandic Noir
Now on to Commonwealth Books. Follow me, dear readers!
|Duck between those two buildings....|
|Down that alley....|
|Through this door....|
|Say hello to Willa, Bill, Oscar and the rest....|
|You should see my mantel...|
|On to the mystery section, of course!|
|a happy customer with his convivial author friends|
|Some of my haul at hand....|
|The rivals of Nancy Drew....I bought the Judy Bolton!|
|Addie must have been a good aunt indeed.....|