Should have seen it coming really.
For this long stay in New York City–20 days cat-sitting in Brooklyn–I vowed to buy only one book per bookstore visit. And to visit no more than one bookstore a day. The buy one book was to be a requirement which, while it might force me to buy books, would have resulted in fewer books purchased overall than usual.
But I failed right off the bat.
On the way back to the apartment after visiting the Brooklyn Museum we stopped in at Unnameable Books on Vanderbuilt Avenue which is just a ten-minute walk from the museum. It’s a great little shop. Not what I would call a destination bookstore like The Strand or McNally Jackson, but an excellent neighborhood new and used bookshop with lots of titles I never heard of before that I had to have.
So I ended up with two.
The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky is a mystery by the Russian brothers best known for their science fiction published by Melville House Books. I’ve been a fan of Melville House Books since their Art of the Novella series started coming out several years ago. This is a Neversink edition. The Neversink editions feature rare titles that have all been very good so far, at least the ones I have read. And they have cool cover art like all Melville House Books do.
The second is a mystery thriller by French author Didier Daeninckx called Nazis in the Metro. Normally I wouldn’t buy a book with the word Nazi in big print on the cover. There’s no rational reason for this, really, I just don’t want to see it when I pick up a book. But I read a thriller by Mr. Daeninckx a few years ago, published by Melville House as I reacall, and loved it. So, I got this one, too.
Breaking my pledge to buy one book per bookstore right out of the gate, day one. In my defense, the used price was quite good.
As a mortification, I’m going to start a running list of New York books. If you like, you can guess just how many books I’ll end up buying during my 20 day stay in a comment. Maybe I’ll send the winner their choice of the books I end up buying.
After I’ve read it, of course.
New York Books so far:
- Nazis in the Metro by Didier Daeninckx
- The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
7 thoughts on “Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, New York”
love the challenge!!! And what a great way to do New York!!!! are you eating good – not just well?????
On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:59 PM, James Reads Books wrote:
> james b chester posted: “I’ve failed. Should have seen it coming really. > For this long stay in New York City–20 days cat-sitting in Brooklyn–I > vowed to buy only one book per bookstore visit. And to visit no more than > one bookstore a day. The buy one book was to be a req” >
ps – landlord is uping their game – more walk throughs, more visits. Might be gone from 21 Brompton by September!!!!! Yikes!
There’s always a Victorian bedroom available at our place in Vallejo if you need it.
My guess is 20. And that will take a lot of effort (to keep it to one a day).
I will guess 30. But there’s NO judgment here… trips to special places require the bringing home of special books from those places.
I am thinking 18 days times 1.5 = 27. I am laughing at your inability to abstain from buying books. None of us can do that, best laid plans and all. Enjoy the experience.
its only day one – there may be a day when you don’t buy any so it will kind of even out. I’m going to guess 25 books in total
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