Despite the fact that I only seem to post fun weekends on here, that is not all I do at the school where I’ve racked up ridiculously large debt over 4 years. And despite that disclaimer, I’m going to show you the highlights of another weekend getaway! wooo! This one happened when Brit, Alex, & I (of course!) traveled to Brittany’s home in NJ to attend the MECCA OF BOOK FAIRS. Nearly 150,000 books for sale.
I spent a mere $21.00 on 12 books ($2 apiece, 2 of the books were only 50 cents each). I’ll give you my total list of wins at the end. Picture time!
After getting to NJ on Friday night, staying up until 5 AM having a Facebook video war with the guys in Leonard 24 (don’t ask), standing in line for the shuttle from parking to the actual book fair, we ARRIVED. There were two buildings with nearly 150,000 books. Two. Below is a picture of the second building, which held all the non-fiction.
We stood in line for the shuttle back to where we’d parked Brittany’s car, and took inventory of our finds…
My final list is comprised mostly of authors I adore, like Whitman, Marquez, Dillard, Kerouac… The others were intriguing new finds, or classics I’ve been meaning to get ahold of.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Maytrees by Annie Dillard
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Praise of Folly by Erasmus
Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson
Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
A House in Sicily by Daphne Phelps
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
A House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Unbowed by Wangari Maathia
A Beggar in Jerusalem by Elie Wiesel
After our journey in the magical land of books, we traveled just a little ways away to Lamberton, NJ. We parked, walked through a very cute little town with many bricks & daffodils, then crossed the Delaware River into New Hope, PA.
According to Brittany, who has been there many times before, this is a town of hippies & hipsters & the indie ones who are somewhere in between. Naturally Alex & I were dying to go; it sounded like our homeland!
The first shop we visited was this great hippie store called “Love Saves the Day.” Racks, shelves, & baskets of vintage wear abounded. Scarves were 50% off, and since I love the feeling of ribbons & scarves wrapped around my head, I bought two for a total of $5.35. One looks like India, long and teal with gold designs. The other is very 60’s, yellow, brown & white with the classic “flower power” flowers.
We stopped for lunch at a place Brittany told us she’d always wanted to eat, “Karla’s.” We were excited to be seated in the porch area, with brick floors, wicker chairs, hanging plants & long glass windows. The waiters were very friendly, middle-aged guys. One wore a ponytail & a Hawaiian shirt. He took our order. The other, who brought us our food, wore a tucked in button-down shirt, emo kid glasses & had mostly gray hair. He called us “loves,” which made us smile.
Brittany got a chicken cheesesteak that came with a tri-colored pasta salad. Alex’s turkey burger was accompanied with the same pasta salad. I got baked mac & cheese. So delicious & cheeeesy! We also shared a plate of fries. The total bill, which we paid in dollars & coins, was (I think) $35.00.
Afterwards we visited a shop called “Shop of India,” and tried to return Alex’s dress from Love Saves the Day (long story), ending with sore feet & gelatos from Rita’s. When we returned to Brittany’s, we ate a delicious supper made by her parents & watched Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (one of our FAVORITE FAVORITE!! movies). The next day we went to church with her family & traveled back to Houghton…
I’m currently on break through next Monday. Thank you, Easter holiday! As I mentioned…this past Friday I went to see IRON & WINE (one of my top 3 favorite favorite! bands) & The Low Anthem (another fav.)…on Saturday it was ceramics studio & movies…all of which I shall write about later this week. : )
Interview on Wednesday to determine for sure if I’ll be working with HOPE61 & OMS for the next 2 years!