Books on the road

By Lynette Sowell


In going through photos of my travels in the past several years, I’ve noticed a recurring theme I have. For some reason, whenever I see a bookstore, I’ll grab a picture of it. Not a “big name” book store— you know the ones, and I don’t need to mention them because they get enough advertising. But when I come across an independent store, I usually take a picture of them. I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe it’s because they’re a dwindling breed, and I love them. My favorite bookstore of all time was Johnson’s Bookstore in Springfield, Massachusetts, which opened in the late 1800s. The place closed its doors in 1998 after three generations of the Johnson family ran the store. Its top floor—the treasure trove—was one entire floor of used books.
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