One of the blogs I mentioned was this one, of course. I don't know of anywhere else where you can find as many different voices in a single forum.
I also recommended http://www.bariatricrenewal.blogspot.com/, by my friend, Marlena of Mohegan. Marlena saw my blog and sent the following reply. I'm posting it here because it's germaine to BWOB's whole modus operandi of supporting and endorsing Brick and Mortar bookstores...
Thanks for the good words Alan. I always wanted to have a bookstore like one I saw up in Maine. It had two fireplaces, a couple of comfy old sofas, a lazy sleeping dog and a couple of cats snoozing in the sunshine. I don't know how many books they sold but it looked like a great place to relax.
The Bruised Apple in Peekskill comes close to that one in comfort but has no animals or fireplace. I actually fell asleep on one of their sofas once but that was probably before I knew I had sleep apnea. Back then I could sleep anywhere. (I actually slept through my first root canal) Bruised Apple sells mostly used books but have some new books with local subjects or authors. They also have used vinyl records.
I've never been to The Bruised Apple, myself. I don't get over to Peekskill as much as I used to, but the next time I do, if I've got time to kill, I'll definitely find it. Here's their website, if you feel adventurous http://www.bruisedapplebooks.com/ I'm not endorsing them, I'm just relaying what I was told. I'm also going to have to get Marlena to divulge the name and location of that bookstore she mentioned in Maine. That sounds road-trip worthy.
Oh, as far as actual books go, I did finish The China Gambit by Allan Topol. Mr. Topol was the guy I met at the B&N on 3rd Avenue in Mansquattin. This was such a fun read. You can go to my previous post to see the mini-review http://www.booksellerswithoutborders.blogspot.com/2012/02/basso-for-hire-china-gambit.html.
So I finished it. It's good and exciting and things blow up and sometimes you're not sure who's a good guy and who's a bad guy. I'm looking forward to Mr. Topol's next "Craig Page" novel with loins a-quiver.
Wait. Scratch that. Let's just say I'm eager...NO! There's no eager quivering! Um. I liked this book. I want to read more of Allan Topol's stuff.
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