Minneapolis has bookstores and gardens too

After all of those posts of Seattle/Tacoma bookstores I feel like maybe you all are tired of those posts. But that is probably a silly notion. Plus I was in Minneapolis this past weekend and spent some time in Magers and Quinn. Believe it or not, I really did have no intention of buying anything. But then there was this whole NYRB Classics section with everything close to half price.

I wish they would turn that mezzanine into a little napping loft.
Good advice.
I’m not sure if you can tell there’s a little pass through on those two back shelves.
This is what broke my resolve to not buy any books.
I must say I focused on the thinner volumes. I wanted to maximize the number I could buy and still fit them in my bag.
I’ve read about 50% of these.
I’ve been ambivalent about Simenon in the past, but I couldn’t pass up this one with an intro by Anita Brookner. MIght see it all in a new light at this point.
They were helpful.
Here is the purchase pile. I bought the bottom book on Prince for a friend but I ended up getting quite engrossed in it. Couldn’t pass up the Jim Crace book of stories. The rest are all totally new to me.

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is over 100 years old. Despite 25 years living in Minnesota, I didn’t even know this existed.

14 thoughts on “Minneapolis has bookstores and gardens too

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings July 4, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Don’t blame you – all my resolve would have disappeared seeing those shelves of reduced NYRBs.


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:13 am

      If I had had the normal amount of luggage space, things would have gone very differently.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nadia July 4, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    I love these posts and your photos :) The gardens are beautiful and of those books – whoa, nelly! How could you not make those purchases?!


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:14 am

      The only check on my insanity was extremely limited carry-on space.


  3. Leonie July 4, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Love reading these posts and the gardens are beautiful . So lush with summer goodness , we are experiencing winter goodness at the moment not so lush or green , well done on more book buying 👏👏


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:14 am

      My husband has really turned me into a greenie.


  4. Ruthiella July 5, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    We’ll get tired of these posts when you get tired of frequenting book stores….ie NEVER!


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:15 am

      My heaving shelves might get tired of it.


  5. Geoff W July 5, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    I’m with everyone else, these are great posts! Plus it gives me an idea of where to go if I ever get to the cities you’re visiting.


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:16 am

      As I have said elsewhere, when you don’t know the place you are visiting the best thing to do is find a used bookstore. Often turns out to be a great neighborhood off the beaten path.

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  6. quinn July 9, 2017 / 6:04 am

    Post On!! Love the bookstore posts.
    Alfred and G….and Fat City are great.
    NYRB is my idea of enticing porn and I can’t pass it up…except those 600 page ones on the vikings etc.
    Thank you


  7. Simon T July 10, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Half price NYRBs?? Oh gosh, the idea…


    • Thomas July 23, 2017 / 8:17 am

      The show up fairly frequently here on remainder tables. I would say at lest half of all my NYRBs have been half price.


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