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Recommendations from Norfolk, Virginia

20170218_125935Prince Books is a cozy nook on Main Street in Norfolk, Virginia. On the lazy Saturday afternoon I happened upon it, Margaret was behind the counter.  She came out to greet me and then set about doing inventory. As I wandered through the shop, looking for the book I would take home from this trip, our paths crossed, and we shared the same aisle. It wasn’t until I’d finally selected a book and approached the counter that we actually talked.

When I asked her for recommendations, Margaret’s eyes widened. She almost immediately dashed to a shelf to look for News of the World, but we found that it was out of stock. After helping another customer, she began telling me about A History of Wolves. I’d already checked out, but after listening to her description and reading the first page for myself, I decided that I had to have the book.

I left with promises to call her and let her know what I think of A History of Wolves. So far, Margaret, it’s absolutely wonderful.


Margaret’s recommendations:

Books that sounded really interesting (in addition to Margaret’s recommendations):

Check out Prince Books and support a wonderful independent bookstore!

*Books I bought. I’m about a third of the way through A History of Wolves, and I highly recommend! It’s about a girl growing up in Minnesota with parents who once belonged to a hippy commune. She has an incredible way of looking at the world.

We, The Drowned is a thick nautical book that caught my attention from the first line:

Many years ago there lived a man called Laurids Madsen, who went up to Heaven and came down again, thanks to his boots.

Both books would certainly help to pass the time on a long motorcoach ride. The language is so easy to get lost in, and the stories are absolutely stunning.

Whatever book you chose to bring along, I’ll see you on the road!

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I've been writing stories since I was 5. My first book was "Turtle Salad"--I wrote and illustrated it. I was horrified because Sally the Turtle ate a fish.

When I was 8, I wrote to JK Rowling to offer some ideas for the Harry Potter series. Her assistant wrote me back, saying that Rowling only hopes to inspire young readers, not to take their ideas. While I totally understand now, I was pissed then. I vowed to become a better writer than JK Rowling. I've been working toward it ever since.

Now, I'm a 20-year-old sometimes-poet, and I study writing and computer science at the University of Mount Union. I'll be traveling for 80 days in 2017 with Anderson Coach and Travel and writing about my adventures.

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