I was in Chicago over the weekend with my Mother-ship, aunt and cousin and after dinner one night we were wandering around, trying to get back to our hotel, my aunt was trying to convince us she knew where we were and where we were going (she did not) when we passed by a shop filled with those delightful little things we English speaking humans call books. I had to do a double-take because I was trying to keep up with the family. There was a sign above the door that read ‘After-Words New And Used Books’. Well, I had to go in so I suggested we stop in for directions.
Of course, no one was fooled, but they indulged my bibliophile desires and we spent about twenty minutes there. I didn’t even manage to make it through half the store. (Actually, that’s probably a good thing considering the damage I could have done.)There was a lower floor that I didn’t have time to peruse at all. I wish I had had longer.
After-Words is the sort of place I wish we had around home. It was cozy without being overcrowded and chaotic. The employees, the ones that I met anyway, were friendly and knowledgeable. I wish I could work there. Sadly, I don’t live in Chicago. (They did end up helping us back to our hotel, so thanks for that Lady From After-Wards.)
Here’s what I brought home:
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy. Not the best picture but it’s all I have to work with for now. Also, I just noticed it is autographed.
The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block
I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block.
Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block.
I’m in love with Block’s writing. I also own Psyche In A Dress, my favorite of her’s, Echo which I also love and Girl Goddess #9. I’m looking for a copy of How To (Un)cage A Girl at the moment. I may just need to buy it on Amazon, not my first choice but whachya gonna do?