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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We Want Books

In past lives I have had various occupations, most notably a librarian and also an English teacher. It's already pretty evident how much I like books. But my undergraduate degree in English actually shared double-major billing with history. It stands to reason then that I enjoy historical literature and learning about history. World War II is of particular interest to me. This summer I had occasion to experience a special exhibit encompassing both World War II history and literature.

Muskegon, Michigan, is rich with special exhibits this year. After my sister Sue and I took in the Edward Curtis display (see previous post), we went on to visit the nearby USS Silversides Submarine Museum where visitors are afforded the opportunity to actually descend into the bowels of a real WWII submarine. What an experience.

“But what does this have to do with literature?” you may be wondering. Well, this summer the museum is hosting a special exhibit entitled, “When Books Went to War—The Power of Literature and the Press in Wartime.” What a historical learning adventure it was.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Intersection of Books, Music, and Art

Bryan at the piano
One lovely November day early in my blogging career I walked into the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague, Michigan. I saw a piano in the corner and was immediately hooked on this delightful bookstore. Today nearly six years later I am still a fan of the place and once a month make a drive of more than an hour to attend the Book Nook book club hosted by store owner, Bryan Uecker, also a concert pianist. That explains the piano. Since my first visit to the shop, it has moved to a larger location and expanded to include Best Cellars wine bar as well as a small stage where musical performances are now a frequent occurrence. I recently had the opportunity not only to hear Bryan play, but also to witness what I found to be a stunning intersection of books, music, and art. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Allow me to provide some background.