Why I Want to Shop Locally and Why I Can’t
Erika Sauter
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Like you, I’d rather frequent an old local “mom and pop” style bookstore, mainly those that carry used books and also buy and trade them. The shops smell like, I believe, a bookstore should; without all the overpowering coffee and cakes many places serve. The older places trigger fond memories of youth and the way the old school libraries smelled. When I lived in New Orleans, I would spend an entire day walking up and down the back streets near the tourist areas, as well as Magazine Street and its many antique shops,just looking for an old bookseller ,where I could peruse their selection for hours and find some forgotten gem (it was at Kaboom books, that I found 3 old Burroughs novels from the 60s/70s, Naked Lunch,The Soft Machine,and Nova Express as well as a couple small books of poems by Richard Brautigan that had notations and a sincere thank you to the person it was given…another cool thing about old used books,other than the groovy,dated cover art). Sadly, their seems to be an influx of “mom and pop” style stores that are more expensive than the larger retailers and,what’s more, I don’t believe they were ever intended to be a money saving place for local book lovers or for finding those books that are more eclectic in content and,thus, harder to locate. I’ve come to the conclusion that,at these overpriced local shops, one is paying for the “hip” ambience and an overpriced veni,vidi,vici,venti marshmallow pumpkin unicorn coffee (that only has room for one tablespoon of actual coffee after all the superfluous ingredients are added)plus the bragging rights for frequenting, and being seen, at these places (not knocking them,as they’re still local…well,most are). For me, the search for old bookstores is just as much fun as wondering what you might find inside.