About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Words of Wisdom Revisited

Cadillac Wexford County
Public Library
411 S. Lake Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
231-775-6541

Location! Location! Location! This mantra of the real estate world can often be applied with equal relevance in other areas of our lives. How close is that town to the highway? Is that camp site right next to the bathroom? Is that college near a bus station? Are these seats close enough to the stage? A bad location can ruin something otherwise suitable. A great location can make something mediocre into something good.

A great location can also make something great even better. The Cadillac Wexford County Public Library is a case in point. I was impressed with this library before I ever set foot inside based on two things: the wonderful Albert Einstein quote prominently displayed on the side of the building and the stunning location across the street from a lakeside park. I happened across this library quite by accident last summer and wrote a brief post about it, promising myself I'd return sometime when it was open. So on a sunny day in early October when the glorious Michigan fall color was just starting to appear, I set out on a pleasant drive from our cottage in Baldwin to the town of Cadillac about an hour away.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Art Books

Closeup of the detail in A Vintage Dream
You know I love books of all kinds. Coffee table art books are no exception. Monet and Escher proudly grace the table in our living room. But books as art? Now there's something I can really get behind. That is just what I had the opportunity to see this past September while visiting ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan--three unique entries, each featuring books. Now if you live outside of West Michigan, you may not be familiar with this art festival, currently in its seventh year. For nearly three weeks, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes one big art show during which more than $500,000 in prize money is awarded, half by a jury of art experts, and half by public vote. Artists and visitors from all 50 states have visited ArtPrize, and artists from 47 countries have participated. This year more than 1,500 entries were viewed. I was one of the many thousands of visitors.

I thought it worth sharing these three diverse works featuring books in three very different ways. The first one I might have missed as it was in a rather out-of-the way location. Thanks to my friend Cassie for sharing this very unique dress. That's right, a dress. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Update: After the Storm

New owner, Sue Boucher
The Cottage Book Shop
5989 Lake Street
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
231-334-4223

Outside of an infancy spent in Texas when my dad was in the Air Force, I have lived my entire life in the beautiful state of Michigan. I love my state. It may be flyover country to many, but I can't imagine living anywhere else. I have been blessed to be able to visit many of Michigan's lovely scenic areas, and early in my blogging life I did a series of posts on "The Most Beautiful Place In America." Conferred by popular vote on the Good Morning America show, this designation refers to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. Not only beautiful, this area is also home to several great bookstores. I have visited the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor several times.