Simon’s first trip to Politics and Prose was not all that he hoped it would be. This time, he appears to have enjoyed it far more. I am more than delighted that this is my neighborhood bookstore. It’s the place I go when I need an infusion of something written this century. Plus I always make out like a bandit on the sale/remainder shelves in the basement.
I am pretty sure that all but the bottom book came off the sale shelves. I got the Waters because I kind of enjoyed The Paying Guests, at least enough to try another one. I got the Simon Mawer because I LOVED The Glass Room and merely liked the far inferior Trapeze. The NYRB got purchased just because it is NYRB and it was on the sale rack. Those are always worth a go, even when they aren’t.