Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Novel Idea

During my recent day-trip to Brownville, Nebraska, I happened upon A Novel Idea Bookstore Chapter 2.

I have been a big fan of the original A Novel Idea Bookstore here in Lincoln for years.  

The shop owner, Cinnamon, has an incredible selection of used books, well-organized, and reasonably priced.   It has become a must see destination whenever my son and daughter-in-law are visiting from New Hampshire.   And there is a shop cat that treats customers like family.  (My friend, Nanci, who recently opened The Quilted Kitty, Too quilt shop in Brownville, also has shop cats, Wally and Caliber.) 


A Novel Idea Bookstore Chapter 2 is a scaled down retro version of the flagship store, with a bright purple painted floor covered by attractive cream and purple floral area rugs.  An antique rocking chair, librarian's desk, and glass-front bookshelves add to the charm of the Brownville store.   There is a kid-friendly reading corner with child-sized chairs and within-reach children's books. 


Walking into the bookstore, I saw so many of my favorite books on display!  It was like being reunited with old friends.  Here are just a few of my favorites, in no particular order, which I saw on the shelves in Brownville:


The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows


There was also an impressive collection of books by Nebraska's own Willa Cather and former US poet laureate Ted Kooser, as well as Native American literature and history, and Civil War history. 


I descend from a line of librarians.  My great-grandmother and grandmother were librarians, and I am married to a retired librarian.  I was born to be a bibliophile!  I especially enjoyed reading children's books to my children and now my grandchildren.  And there's a perilously tall tower of books on my nightstand waiting to be read.



LeAnn aka pasqueflower



  1. Love love loved She's Come Undone!

  2. I have a total weakness for books, and thus any bookstore - big or small, new or used books. It's like an invisible magnet that pulls me inside. So, of course, I really enjoyed reading your post about this little independent bookstore.

    And what a great name!

  3. The Red Tent is still one of my favorites ever. What a great place to spend the afternoon (the bookstore, I mean, not the red tent...)