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Big Box Bookstores of The Southeast! - Elf M. Sternberg
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Big Box Bookstores of The Southeast!
I had some time to kill while Omaha spent the morning with her mother. I had the girls and had promised Kouryou-chan could get her hair into a pixie cut, so that's what we did. I also picked her up some bubble gum.

The place we went was a Borders wannabe called "Millions of Books." The middle floor was arranged in a phalanx of shelves from nonfiction through fiction, with SF facing "teens," and romance all the way in the back. Around the edges were seven zones, squared off topic areas with shelves for partitions: "Science," "Bibles and Christian Studies," "Cooking," "Computers," "Politics," and "Current Nonfiction." The science section had been squeezed into a small island in the middle of its own section; the Bible and Christian Studies section had colonized its perimeter shelves. The Computer section had likewise been relegated to the island, and it's perimeter was now moldy with business books. The politics section was full, but all of the facing books were right-wing in their leanings.

That was certainly the biggest Bibles section I've ever seen outside of a Christian-specific bookstore.

In the self-help section, there was an entire bookshelf, six shelves full, labeled "human sexuality." Normally, I'd expect that section to be just one or two shelves of how-to manuals. But no, there were no how-to manuals. This was entirely erotica.

It had a coffee shop, but also a generic I'd never heard of. Still, the guy behind the counter was a friendly, fen-type who gave me the best coffee I've had yet this trip.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 18th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)

"Millions of Books"?

It wasn't a Books-A-Million, was it? Curiously enough, when presented with the option (they and Barnes and Noble are a short distance apart in Little Rock), my wife prefers Books-A-Million even though it's a (slight) bit more of a drive. (Then again, I don't mind one bit because there's a Nikon dealer next door. Not that that has anything to do with it, nope nope nope...)

The latte I bought last time I was there was pleasing, the beans weren't burned and to my pedestrian tastes it was fine. But it's all computer controlled anyway, the human skill element has been largely removed. (Just like Starbucks and every other formulaic coffee shop employing 'unskilled' labor.) Still, you get out what you put into it; I guess they're using decent ingredients.

I'd be curious if the 'Million in Florida had a manga section (Little Rock does, and I remember the one in Charleston, SC having one) and what your take on it was -- but you're probably so far past all that stuff it doesn't register on your radar anymore.

Bryan.

mouser From: mouser Date: August 18th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yea - Panama City in Florida is just like that. Actually scary to be honest.

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