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September 19, 2016

Alistair likes to read well enough, but he doesn’t like to try new authors or stories unless someone he knows recommends them to him.  If he was left to his own devices he’d just re-read the books on his shelves over and over in an endless loop.

In my opinion this is a side effect of the loss of bookstores.  One of the best parts about a bookstore, to me, is wandering around and picking up whatever book catches my eye.  I read the blurb and I might buy it, or I might add it to my to-read list, or I might put it down and never give it a second thought.  I have found many many MANY much-loved books that way.  But with the demise of most local bookstores, and even most chain bookstores, that experience has fallen by the wayside.

Sometime last spring Alistair learned that Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series is from Massachusetts.  I was thrilled to be able to tell him that not only does he still live in Massachusetts, but he owns a bookstore here.  We found the location, discovered it was about 40 miles from us, and I issued him a challenge:  If he read four books by different authors between the end of the school year and August 31, we could take a trip down there.

And he did.  And so we went on Saturday.


An Unlikely Story is a gorgeous old building, inside and out.  The main floor has a cafe in addition to the bookstore, and the second floor is their event space.


I am happy to say that we spent a happy hour wandering around the bookstore, and the boys both found new-to-them authors and books to explore.  I did, too.

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