Six years ago Borders opened up just down the road from us. For convenience it couldn’t be beat. For the independent booksellers nearby, it sucked. They closed not long thereafter. Then Borders went out of business. Now you can’t buy a book around here. Literally.
Today, I wanted to buy the new Terry Francona tell-all that came out last week. So, because I had some other things to pick up, I went to Target, which I know has a small books section. Turns out their book section is smaller than I had thought. It wasn’t among the ten or so hardcovers they carried.
I left Target and went to two nearby drug stores, two supermarkets, and Walmart, all of which carry some books, but unless you’re looking to read Suzanne Collins or Tom Clancy, they probably don’t have what you’re looking for.
It’s not like I was looking for some obscure title. This is a new release of a widely publicized book in its primary market area. Terry Francona has been all over the region in the last week promoting his book. It seems, actually, that he’s been to more places than his book has been.
I finally decided to suck it up and have Kathy drive drive the 20 minutes to Barnes and Noble.