Endless Shores, Endless Books



Last year I wrote about all my book buying adventures between May and September. One of the used book stores (Endless Shores in Bridgetown, NS) is one that we go to most years when we are camping in our favourite spot. It’s located very near the laundromat, so we browse the book shelves while waiting for the laundry (my husband is kind enough to go back and forth to switch over the laundry, while the rest of us stay with the books – we are often there for about 2 hours).

I am always impressed with the number of books there that I want to buy (and that I don’t remember seeing there the year before), and with how well organised it is. I have never been disappointed. So, all my Nova Scotia friends – go visit if you can!

This year I came away with:

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (Robert at 101 Books recently read this one and highly recommended it.)

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson (I read my first Erik Larson book a few months ago – Dead Wake – and loved it. Maybe this one will be next.)

Liars and Saints – Maile Meloy (I’ve never read anything by Meloy yet, but now I can!)

Weeds of Nova Scotia (Yes, my husband and I are nature nerds.)

You Can Too! – Elizabeth Peirce (This is to encourage me to start canning things instead of just throwing them all in the freezer. But, the freezer seems so much easier.)

Latitudes of Melt – Joan Clark (I have her most recent book on hold at the library, but haven’t yet read any of her older books. This is one I’ve heard is good from the Literary Hoarders.)

Practical Jean – Trevor Cole (This has been on my list for a while, so I was happy to grab it up. Has anyone read his new book yet?)

Prodigy – Nancy Huston (I read Fault Lines years ago and loved it, but I haven’t read any of her others.)

The Book of Secrets –  M.G. Vassanji (This man has won the Giller Prize twice, among other prizes, but I haven’t read any of his books yet.)

Has anyone read any of these, or other books by these authors that you would recommend?


28 thoughts on “Endless Shores, Endless Books

  1. Sarah Emsley says:

    I didn’t know about Endless Shores — sounds wonderful! The only book I’ve read from your list is Brideshead Revisited and I too would recommend it highly. I’ll be keen to hear what you think of the others on the list (because there’s a good chance my book group will want to read at least one of them, and probably more, given all the recent similarities in our choices!)

    • Naomi says:

      I was wondering if you had been there (since you are the only other book blogger I know right now who is pretty close by). Next time you’re down in the valley, go check it out!

  2. whatmeread says:

    I haven’t heard of several of these books, but The Devil in White City is excellent! I read Brideshead right after the 70’s series and it didn’t stand up to the contrast, but I probably would think differently about it if I read it now. You’ll have to let us know.

  3. Geoff W says:

    I agree with Robert about Brideshead Revisited, but it’s been so long since I read it I’m not sure if it’s as great as I remember or if it’s just a general feeling. I also will be interested to hear about Devil in the White City as I’ve heard it come up in conversation quite a few times in the past few months.

  4. The Paperback Princess says:

    Brideshead Revisited is good. Kind of melancholy, but good. The Devil in the White City is fantastic. So messed up and terrifying. What this man did! Erik Larson is the best at telling this kind of story. I hope you love it!

  5. Lynn says:

    Wow…I’m only familiar with three of these and haven’t read any of them! Thanks for expanding my bibiophile horizons!! I’m certain the Larson is excellent, as you and all others say. I’ll look forward to your reviews!

    • Naomi says:

      Good to hear that about Liars and Saints. And, yes, my husband is good about it – he doesn’t need as much time in the book store as I do. 🙂

  6. TJ @ MyBookStrings says:

    I remember this bookstore from last year’s post. 🙂 I’ve read Brideshead Revisited back in January, and it was good. It is a bit melancholy. And I agree with all the praise for the Larson. I don’t know any of the other books, but they all look lovely. Enjoy!

  7. Shaina says:

    No recommendations on where to begin with your new stack, but three cheers for finding such an excellent bookstore! Your camping gear must weigh quite a few extra pounds on the journey home. 😉

  8. Care says:

    I read Brideshead Revisited last year! AND watched the movie. I need to get to more Evelyn Waugh actually, because I have heard (but could be wrong?) that he can actually be humorous. Brideshead was NOT comic, just so you know.

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