Friday, May 4, 2012
It's been a month of journeys of many different kinds, our most recent taking the form of a road trip to the enchanting, historic city of Savannah, Georgia, where we were introduced to The Book Lady Bookstore. With its shelves densely packed with an intriguing selection of new and used books in every subject area - fiction and mysteries, philosophy, African-American interest, music, local history and Southern writers, literary magazines, local historical pamphlets, children's books, cooking, and more, The Book Lady is the kind of place a reader could spend hours browsing. Our finds included Erskine Caldwell's Deep South, Memories and Observations for my husband, and a signed, used copy of Virginia Spencer Carr's The Lonely Hunter, A Biography of Carson McCullers for me. It is interesting to note that, in their time, both Caldwell and McCullers inspired some strong reactions from fellow Southerners, who felt these authors didn't portray the people and places of the South in a very flattering light.
one of my all-time favorite writers, and I'd been hoping to find a copy of the biography, recommended recently by Echolocation author Myfanwy Collins. If you are also a McCullers fan (and if you aren't, you should be), Collins and Michelle Bailat-Jones (writer and review editor at Necessary Fiction) invite you to join the Dead Writers Book Group's day-long twitter discussion of McCullers's Reflections in a Golden Eye on June 4th (hashtag #ddwritersbkgp). Reflections is one I haven't read, and am hoping to get to in time to join in the conversation. The biography, by the way, is riveting so far, and has bumped all my other reading aside for now.
Share your best used book finds in the comments, and happy reading!