I was at Barnes & Noble the other day – while my wife latched onto the free wi-fi in order to manage Facebook. For that reason, Barnes & Noble is a bit of an oasis for me. My wife enjoys Facebook, while I enjoy books. Good deal.
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I usually start by looking at the latest releases. Occasionally, I find something of interest but not all that often. Maybe the easily accessible Kindle books, etc., really are dampening my enthusiasm for great new finds at the local bookstore.
David Spade’s autobiography is autographed. Hmm, I guess I’ll pass on that.
Next, I venture over to the Vermont book section. Usually in search of something weird, creepy or unusual. Nothing really fits the bill because Joe Citro is still the master. Everything else, is basically a rehash of where Joe has gone before. Let’s face it, Vermont is weird. Very weird. Green Mountain ghosts, myths and legends are pretty tame stuff compared to real life news stories, these days.
I really like what Chad Abramovich is doing. It’s fresh, new and VERY different stuff. Just as long as he doesn’t get hurt on one of his “adventures” into abandoned places or arrested. I hope he continues his “urban explorations”. He’s got a wealth of material assembled and a book is inevitable. Go for it Chad.
The B&N Vermont section contains a lot of books, many of which I already own. I like Peter Miller’s books and can’t thank him enough for the review copy he sent to me a few years ago. His black and white photography is simply so damn good, that it brings back the Vermont yesteryear into focus brilliantly. Like most middle class Vermonters, Peter’s struggling by to make ends meet so visit his website, buy his books and photos and enjoy!
According to Amazon’s byline for the book, “Rolling green hills, cozy villages, covered bridges, maple trees—these are the images that have made Vermont. Residents and visitors alike appreciate Vermont for its old-time values that have steered clear of the modern world. But Vermont’s traditional values have been challenged and adapted—and even consciously sculptured.” I couldn’t have said it any better. It reminds me of the work of Peter Miller and Scott Wheeler, with not too many words. The pictures say it all. Most of the photos were gathered from Vermont town historical societies, etc. and they are impressive.
You can find the book just about anywhere online. I would post a link to Amazon for the book but since they killed their affiliate program for Vermonters, I guess I’ll refer business to the Vermont Historical Society instead!