Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I've spent several happy hours perusing the used books at Salamander in Hampden.
One of my favorite gifts to give is a book with a personal inscription written on the inside. From cookbooks to biographies to classics, there is a book out there for everyone. Book gifts are useful, beautiful, meaningful, and are a nice step away from mindless consumerism.
The best part about a small used bookstore is the browsing. Although larger stores are of course helpful when you want the latest and greatest, smaller bookstores are wonderful when you don't quite know what you are looking for. Much easier to peruse the shelves and stumble across the unexpected.
Just recently I was looking for a nice bedtime read and had no idea what I wanted. A lovely Saturday morning in Salamander, and I came away withe a fabulous book, "The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx.
Although I do know I could also browse at the library, I'm happy I spent the $5 or so on a book that I can re-read or lend out to a friend. I'm looking for a good book about bread baking next!
And now the reason for this post: Salamander has moved on to a new location in Mt. Vernon. Make sure to visit them there!
Here's the announcement they sent out over gmail:
519 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
** New phone number:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 11-6
Thank you for you continued patronage!
Salamander Used Books
"interesting used books bought, sold and traded"
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