I used to think that the answers to everything could be found in books.
Now the internet has all the answers…or does it? I rarely find depth in Google offerings. So when I want to research something, I still turn to books.
San Francisco is a city full of independent bookstores, both for new and used treasures. I usually have my eight or so favorite bookstores that I go to time and time again. But this time it was different. I deliberately went to unexplored bookstores in neighborhoods new to me.
It was a joyful time. I loved the unexpected finds.
After all, at Dog-Eared Books, I couldn’t have known that I wanted a history of women’s strength training with the title of “Venus with Biceps.”
Or that at the art museum bookstore I needed a book called “Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk.”
I delighted at finding book-related wisdom. In the Self-Help section of Green Apple books by the Golden Gate Park was a hand-lettered sign: “Aren’t all books self-help?”
The Green Apple book cart at their main store on Clement Street had other wisdom: “Think before you speak. READ before you think.”
I wanted the wallpaper in the backroom of Adobe Books that had the pattern of shelves of books.
The wonderful thing is, even when I do the tour next time, there’ll be new treasures as well as old ones.