There are two bookstores in my little town. No small miracle considering the aforementioned lack of any decent grocery stores. However, both of these bookstores are really quite fabulous actually; one being full of stairs and nooks and attached to not only a really good bakery, but also to a pub. The other bookstore is neat and clean and extremely well organized, and it has a cat. Normally, I prefer my bookstores to be a bit more cluttered and filled with piles. You know, as if you never quite know what you might stumble upon. This bookstore has no clutter, but it has the redeeming feature of a wonderful proprietor. She is knowledgeable, and talkative, but not in an annoying way, and asks open ended questions that encourage you to talk, which may explain why she seems to know everything about every book, ever. I visited both stores today. I was looking for a cookbook, but as you might well imagine, Mastering the Art of French Cooking cannot be found for less than $40 anywhere. Go figure. I did however find The Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)( It was filed in the cookbook section, and so was obviously not found at the well organized store) by Jill Connor Browne.
God, I love this woman. I do not think that I can begin to explain to you how this woman changed my life. Every time I read, or re-read one of her books I wonder how I lived without her. I am so, so relieved that when my best girl Cassi Mae said to me, "Go out tomorrow, and buy her book." I did it. And so should you. All of her books are perfect actually, but if you start out with, say, the Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, you will understand, for example, why everyone is called Tammy, which is kind of important. I always think that I will be able to explain why this woman has had such an impact on me, and thousands of other people, but I never can. You just have to read it for yourself. So go! Buy the Book of Love, or any other book you can get your hands on. You will not regret it.