Afterwords Acquisitions

Much like I never tire of hearing how people meet one another, I could sit for hours and listen to how one comes across a good book to read.  A Brownie and Book Club Babe mom, Miss Toni, and I were discussing books via email.  She mentioned The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I purchased this book last summer at Afterwords Bookstore for my teen neighbor with the understanding I could borrow said book, but as to date, I am still waiting.  So, I felt a visit to the local bookstore, Afterwords Bookstore, needed to be added to my to-do list (any excuse works for me).

Post-Its in Place after a Late Night of Reading
English 111 Student with the Highest Average Wins a Copy in My Class

Although I had a purchase in mind as well as a book to pick up, Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (which I inquired about through e-mail and received a response the same day from LuAnn, the owner- customer service at its finest), I like to walk on the wooden floors and roam between the rooms of books.  

Some of my discoveries . . .

My Youngest Daughter’s Namesake 
Included Are Beautiful Illustrations and a Brief Background of the Reading                
Ideal Reference Book for the Emergent Reader

Shop local.  Visit Afterwords Books at 232 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville, IL.  You will be glad you did.


Lucky Book Club

Having an insatiable appetite for reading memoirs, I came across Alice Sebold’s Lucky while perusing the memoir section at Afterwords Books in Edwardsville, IL.  Unfamiliar with the title, but familiar with the author from her work, The Lovely Bones (the book was far better in my opinion), I added Lucky to the pile next to the cash register.

Once I opened the pages, I was hooked by the sheer terror experienced by Sebold as a freshman at college and the horrific acts one human being feels entitled to perform upon another.  With no holds barred, Sebold relives her rape in writing while explaining the reasoning behind the title of her memoir.  Although the police deemed her “lucky” since she was not murdered and then dismembered, no one in his/her right mind should ever consider a violation of any kind “lucky.”

Detailing the aftermaths of her rape, Sebold details the exhausting legal system, people’s inappropriate assumptions and judgements, and her eventual isolation due to this traumatic, unwarranted occurrence in her life.

For the purposes of book club, coffee is a reoccurring food item mentioned throughout the memoir, whether it was watered-down or warm enough to offer some level of comfort in a beyond uncomfortable situation.  Thus, coffee and nothing else would be my only accompaniment to this book discussion.