Many times I've gone back, to see one storefront after another empty. But there's one place on Main Street that still remains crowded... with books.
When it is, on any Wednesday or Friday or Saturday, there are aisles to get lost in. The front window's aisle is all about cookery, which drew me in one Friday morning, everything from ancient texts to regional cookbooks, glossy-covered famous chef works to dusty, flour-encrusted
The food books don't just
But it's not just one room. A stairwell takes you down into the bowels of the building. where row after row of books await you. Histories and religious texts, romance novels and period novellas, story collections and sci-fi and so many more. You could spend days looking and still never catalog it all.
Cats have been part of
I can see their necessity. The bookstore's location along busy Main Street, coupled with its aged structure and a below-street level, might make it attractive for pests without the constant, diligent patrols by the feline brigade. There's something about books and cats that just go together.
I never can enter without an armful of books, and the more you purchase, the bigger a discount you can receive. Most works are $10 or less, and I walked out with three whole bagfulls. I could have made a much bigger
Bibliophiles will understand the allure of this place. It's also popular with tourists who discover it across from the train station, particularly when taking the excursion train from this point up to
If you are of this bent, I encourage you to make a visit. Take your time, say hello to the cats, and dig into the stacks for a while. Relax, there's not much going on here, and absolutely no hurry. And if you need a bite to eat, Brothers Cottage Cafe has mile-
L H Brandenburg Bookseller
816 Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956