What has been the highlight of our visit so far?…….this was a favourite question posed for family discussion on our recent trip to Scottsdale Arizona. So I’m going to tell just one highlight. A trip to Barnes & Noble!
Barnes & Noble in Scottsdale Arizona
It’s not as if I can’t go to Barnes & Noble here in Seattle, or in Glastonbury Connecticut, or lots of other places. But I needed a book to read at that point in time, having nearly finished the two I had brought with me. And son David needed to find a printed book which he could read and avoid the glare in trying to read the books on his electronic devices. I liked the approach to this B & N – quite impressive – but inside it was pretty much like any other B & N I have been to. I suspect this is deliberate – like Starbucks. Nevermind, I immediately found 2 knitting magazines of interest, my grandaughter found her American Girl magazine, my daughter-in-law spotted an interesting book to order for her Nook, and I eventually found a biography which I am enjoying immensely. Savage Beauty, The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Nancy Milford. Edna St. Vincent Millay – a familiar name, I knew she was a poet, and in the dim and distant past we studied her in school. It wasn’t a book I would have deliberately set out to look for – no, I just happened to spot it as I was browsing.
Savage Beauty, The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Nancy Milford
Now I am about half way through the book. I hadn’t realized, or remembered, that she grew up in Maine and went to Vassar. And she is very much of the era of my parents and grandparents. I am just savouring the New England setting and the social history which form the background for her life. When one is on vacation and well away from the everyday demands at home, one of the luxuries is to to just sit and read at any hour of the day or night without feeling guilty about the ironing, for example. Now that I am home I just want to carry on reading and with this book I can justify neglecting the chores because it is fuel for my research into the lives of my parents and grandparents – which is probably why I chose it in the first place. Hooray for Barnes & Noble with such a wide range of books to choose from.
a kiddies fountain just in front of B & N
the two books I brought with me. I quite liked the John Grisham stories. I had not read anything by him before, popular author that he is. The other book, A Marked Man by Barbara Hamilton, turned out to be about Boston in the days and months following the Boston Tea Party in 1773, three years before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The book is classified as a historical mystery. One thing that was bothering me about the book was a reference early on to a church on Brattle Street in Boston. All the other historical detail seemed very accurate but the only Brattle Street I knew was in Cambridge. Somehow while we were there in Scottsdale we didn’t look it up on the I-Pad but now at home I find that sure enough there was a Brattle Street Church in Boston and it was attended by many of those familiar names – Abigail Adams for one. (Abigail Adams is the amateur sleuth in this book – sort of like the Miss Marple of her day.)