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.

Monday, May 29, 2017


Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Well, I wasn't anticipating a visit to a library on our weekend in Chicago. (See previous post) But a truly fabulous one sort of fell in our laps. While I was making my purchases at Sandmeyer's, Ellen happened to mention that the bookstore sometimes works in cooperation with a library only a couple of blocks away. So when we found ourselves back out on the sidewalk, I asked my husband if maybe we should stroll a couple of blocks to check it out before catching a cab to our next bookstore destination. “Why not?” he said, and off we went in the direction of the city. Upon inquiry, a friendly passerby assured us that we were headed in the right direction, and within a few minutes, we stood gazing at the imposing edifice that is the Harold Washington Library.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Sandmeyer's Bookstore
714 S Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605

I loved my job as a high school librarian; don't get me wrong. But when my husband traveled for business, I was rarely free to tag along. Now that I'm retired, I am more able to accompany him, a perk of retirement that I have enjoyed on a few delightful occasions. (See Hong Kong, Washington, and San Francisco.) Recently a business conference presented me with the possibility of three days in Chicago, a prospect I could not turn down.

Since the conference was on a Monday, we decided to head out on Saturday and spend the prior weekend in the Windy City. Saturday evening was filled with a leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk followed by a delicious meal and terrific music at the House of Blues. (I highly recommend the Voodoo Shrimp and Loretta's meatloaf.) And Sunday? Well, that turned out to be a perfect bookstore day, and this time my husband decided to tag along with me. First stop: Sandmeyer's Bookstore in Printers Row.