Last week I visited one of the most well-known bookstores in the United States, or maybe even in the world. . . . The Strand Bookstore, located near Union Square in New York City.
Here are just a few facts about The Strand before I dive into the details of my visit:
Before my most recent visit to The Strand, I wondered to myself, "Why I don't come down more often?" But once I arrived, I remembered why I stay away . . . too many books I want and not enough money or space for them all!
And it's not only the fact that I have nowhere to store the books in my apartment; The Strand has so many books that it's almost overwhelming. Standing among the multiple stacks, boxes, and displays of books housed on the three floors of The Strand, I probably looked like a chicken with my head cut off while trying to decide where to start and where to go next. Down this aisle? Over to this area? Should I check out these books? I wonder what'’s over there . . .
Nonetheless, if you're ever in New York City, you must come to The Strand! However, I'd recommend saving up your money as well as traveling light — otherwise, you'll never make it on the plane on the way home without going over the suitcase weight limit.
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer