Saturday, April 16, 2011

Left Bank Books

After my recent trip to New York, I'm well stocked on theory and criticism books. However, the Left Bank Bookstore is such a landmark that I absolutely had to visit it.

Of course, it would be wrong to leave a bookstore without a purchase, so I got a used copy of Victoria Glendinning's biography of Anthony Trollope.

Small local bookstores need to be supported by customers because they run the risk of being pushed off the market by the giants like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So if you ever find yourselves on Euclid St. in Saint Louis, make sure you visit both Big Sleep and Left Bank Books. Big Sleep has this great homey environment where the owner who has read most of the books he is selling is always ready to engage in a discussion of mystery fiction.

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