Downtown Knoxville has a bookstore! Union Avenue Books just opened in the last week. This makes me so happy. Every good downtown area needs a bibliographic retail therapy option. (If I am feeling down, trying on clothes is not going to cheer me up. Buying a book on the other hand…)
The bookstore is located in the Daylight Building, which I think is one of the cutest retail spaces we’ve got to offer.
They seem to be getting along with their neighbors to the right (Just Ripe grocery store) and the left (ReRuns secondhand clothing store).
Understandably, the store has a low inventory right now. Many of the shelves are looking a bit bare. But the titles that have been selected seem to me to be wise choices. Of course they have the best sellers, but they also have a cult classics section, a small travel section, etc. For the most part, their choices were safe. Not exactly Busboys & Poets (a wonderful DC bookstore with thought-provoking books) material. Still, you can get more than what is available on the shelves. If the book you are after isn’t there, they can order for you.
I enjoyed the furniture pieces around the store. The adult seating looks a bit more comfortable.
We hemmed and hawed over numerous books. We are cheapskates and know that we can get things a bit cheaper on Amazon. But that wasn’t really the point of our visit anyhow. We want the downtown businesses to succeed. Having a bookstore within walking distance is worth the extra dollar or two.
Instead of buying Book Lust by Nancy Pearl (a book which tells you the books you ought to read before traveling to a certain place!), we went for The Lost City of Z.
It retells the story of the last expedition of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who sought to find “El Dorado” within the Amazon in Brazil. He and his crew never returned. And we don’t exactly know what happened to them. I’m waiting for Jordan to finish the book first. And I am trying really, really hard to wait until after I have read the book to watch the PBS Secrets of the Dead episode about Percy Fawcett. If you don’t want to wait for the book, you can watch it here.
I’ll be reading Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer until Jordan’s done. Go read something.