9/365 – Bright lights, big city, 18 miles of books

I was fortunate enough to be back in NYC over the Christmas holidays and even more fortunate to be able to spend a little time in The Strand.  The Strand has been around for over 80 years and it’s a booklovers dream-store. It’s home to new and used books of every genre and it’s so much fun to work your way up and down the narrow aisles looking for hard-to-find titles.  I was very excited to be able to take one of the other teachers, also a book-lover, to this iconic store.

We didn’t have very much time – we were trying to cram in as much of NYC as we could and we had a handful of students with us who were desperate to get to Chinatown – and my companion remarked that our short visit was a bit of a tease. I couldn’t agree more. The Strand is a place to visit when you have time in one hand and a big cup of tea in the other.

Here’s a little video tour of the store from their website

I had a small book list with me and in twenty minutes I managed to find four titles I’ve been looking for, plus one book I didn’t even know existed. Here’s a picture of my purchases.

Can’t wait to go back!

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