Does it surprise anyone that the first place I "visited" after coming home for break was a bookstore?
& I don't mean a chain bookstore or bookseller.
Of course, I went relatively early on Friday morning--because I got in late on Thursday night.
(but really, I went to the bank to deposit my very first grad school pay check FIRST)
So I was outside the main library...breathing in the October Memphis air, basking in the glorious sunshine, and getting a large tote bag out of the trunk of my car--
Finally I wandered through the doors and into the corner on the first floor where my most favorite used bookstore is located.
I thought about all the authors and titles I had heard mentioned in class or by my classmates. I was ready to scan shelves and browse 'til my heart burst with happiness.
And I did.
Somehow I ended up with two first edition E.L. Doctorow hardbacks. He is coming to campus as part of the Flannery O'Connor conference in April.
There was another first edition by Edward P. Jones I found, he will be at AWP in February.
(apparently I've become a name-dropper)
Annie Proulx, Tobias Wolff, T.C. Boyle, Anne Lamott, Carson McCullars...
The books I found were amazing. More Ian McEwan and Sylvia Plath. I grabbed the complete poetry collection of Dorothy Parker and a memoir by Augusten Burroughs. PLUS more.
After my book buying extravaganza, I called a former classmate (friend) and we met for lunch at Fino's.
This is where I had a great conversation with the new owner. We've had a running conversation on Facebook & he knew I was coming into town and would be circling his deli like a starving buzzard.
Conversations and Realizations. It's been a wonderful trip. A jarring but welcomed step back into the "outside" of grad school world.
I'm even staying any extra day.