I had just about a perfect day today. After doing all the “important” subjects (math, reading, grammar) with our kids this morning, my best friend (who is also a homeschooling mom) and I headed an hour and a half south to Spokane to have lunch and visit Auntie’s Bookstore. We had originally planned to go down today to see Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, but there was a date mix-up and he’s not going to be there until Saturday instead. Michelle and I couldn’t be in Spokane on Saturday for various reasons, but decided to take our moms’ afternoon away anyway.
Auntie’s is a wonderful independent bookstore. I haven’t visited a large indie bookseller in a while, and I’d forgotten how different the selection is from a chain bookstore. They had a wonderful selection of local authors – including signed copies of books by Chris Crutcher, Glenda Burgess, and Michael Harmon, all Spokane authors whom I have had the privilege of interviewing for Literary Road Trip posts. Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie were also highlighted.
Their essay and poetry sections were huge compared to what I’m used to seeing in a B&N – and their YA section was also much bigger. It was so hard to restrain myself – but I only purchased three books. I told Kevin ahead of time to not worry about getting me a Mother’s Day gift, as I would be picking out my own at Auntie’s. Here’s what I came home with:
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry edited and introduced by Billy Collins
Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
After Michelle and I shopped for a couple hours, we headed to Starbucks, ordered coffee and sat down to read the first few pages of each of the books we bought. Now, when I go book shopping with my husband, he thinks it’s extremely weird that I want to do this. Michelle, however, is a kindred spirit, so we spent close to an hour sipping coffee, reading, and sharing the especially wonderful or funny bits.
We then drove the hour and a half home, talking so much that my lips were completely chapped by the time I dropped Michelle off at her house around 7 p.m. Like I said, perfect day.