So, in honor of bookstores, here is my attempt at an ode:
|P.S. Libraries count too.|
Oh bookstores, how I love the mystery of new light and old dust on your shelves,
the many worlds that live in you,
the impossible endlessness.
I can hold you in my hand, I can feel you around me.
I feel your muses,
Your pain and healing spaces.
All the thousands that dwell here.
Here, where I can sit and be.
Bookstores, you have always been there for me,
bringing people together,
giving both windows to the soul inside and the world out.
Oh, bookstores, be the rock that stays through change.
Real as soft, brown earth and passionate fires.
Dear bookstores, you are both, like no other.
Not to get too dramatic, but in my melancholy over the closing of Barnes & Noble on Nicollet, I can't help but reflect on my all-time favorite movie, You've Got Mail, when Kathleen Kelly (spoiler alert) closes her little Shop Around the Corner. But now it's the big, bad chain closing stores.
Though I am glad the accessibility of online books and e-readers gets more people to read, I hope there are enough people out there who still love holding books in their hands and the experience of bookstores to keep them around.
There remain many Barnes & Noble locations throughout the Twin Cities, as well as great independent booksellers that continue to do well, like Magers & Quinn, Eat My Words Bookstore, and Common Good Books, and in the children's arena, Addendum Books, Red Balloon Bookshop, and Wild Rumpus. Find information on many more here.
If you happen by the Twin Cities and love bookstores, especially unique and interesting ones, check these out.
What are your favorite bookstores, and what do you love most about them?
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