What better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon than to wander aimlessly through a Barnes & Noble? When I walk into a bookstore, my heart and my spirit soar to lofty heights: Words! In books! About anything! Organized by category! And usually there’s a peanut butter cookie somewhere nearby, too.

Today, as I perused through the stacks and volumes of various titles, I came across some winners. A quick sampling of my favorites:

An amazing collection of poignant patterns, including the ever-popular “Bite me,” appropriate as a kiss-off to the ex-boyfriend, or a throw-pillow for newlyweds.

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The perfect coffee table book for all the NRA members out there.

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It never ceases to amaze me how huge the Romance section is. And Lindsay Armstrong seems to be particularly gifted – I can totally see how this book would appeal to women nationwide. It’s just so relevant.

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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: Winnie from The Wonder Years is now an author. My favorite thing about this book involves the captions on the front: “How to survive middle school math,” “Fractions, decimals, percents, and more,” and “Do you still have a crush on him?”

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I cannot look at this without thinking of this.

When it was all said and done, I left the store with one small purchase: The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays. Laugh if you will, but I plan to spend the evening devouring it.




  1. MJ on August 25, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    why isn’t there a picture or a profiling of the book you actually bought?? at every other moment in my life I would have NEEDED to see what it’s all about…

  2. My name is Annie. on August 25, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Whoops – I just fixed it. :)

  3. jerashparsons on August 26, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    when you said, “i cannot look at this without thinking of this” in my heart, I said, “sweet Lord, let it be the arrested development clip.” answered prayer – it’s a wonderful thing.

  4. jasonrahm on August 27, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    The best part is that the romance novel is the large print version. Squinting or wearing glasses is the last thing grandma wants to do while reading about muscled millionaires.

  5. Lyla on August 28, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    So I was reading your blog and I laughed. Kyle (that’d be the boyfriend), said “What?”. I pointed to the Subversive Cross Stitch book and jokingly said, “THAT is what we should get your sister for her birthday.” His reply? “Dude, that’s totally what I’m getting her! Look it up on Amazon and bookmark it for me!”
    HE wasn’t joking.

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