Inside, Haslam's is arranged in sections. The books are sorted well.
I particularly liked that I could find new and old books all in the
same category on the same shelf. Truly this is the best of both
For me, I
ended up in cookbooks. Gosh there are a lot of wonderful cookbooks
in the world. I generally tend toward the small regional cookbooks.
Those recipes usually have real ingredients that are easy to find.
cooking is simply not my style.
On my way south down the coast I ran into a shark. I tell about that
encounter in the
Shark Changes Plans
vignette. Back then I didn't fully understand the "Filet and
Release" method of dealing with shark. I wish I had The Cruising
Chef Cookbook with me then.
vignette may seem like a flog for a cookbook, it is truly intended as
encouragement to visit
We need the old bookstores where real folks are behind the counter.
The mega stores may be efficient. It is the charming bookshops that
I long for and support.
best of all Haslam's does mail order. If you want something, why not
try them first?
Tonight I was
on the phone with an old friend. *Gone Tropic remembers ordering
from Haslam's on the telephone decades ago. He bought
navigation books. Readers will understand the joy in finding a
bookstore to peruse. I wish you could visit Haslam's one day. It is
truly worth your time.
Tropic belongs to a fellow mariner named Tom. I met him back in Apalachicola. He
has recently been visiting with other friends of mine on Manatee. I
wrote an article called
about that boat couple. Sarah and Ted cruise aboard Manatee. They have implemented some great ideas.
I hope to
see Sarah and Ted again soon.
But I digress...
The last time I was in Haslam's I was able to pick up several
magazines. I enjoy reading them. Afterwards I pass them along to
other boaters. Most of the time the book exchanges found in marinas
will have some magazines. There are not many women's ones, so I
rectify that. Women's Day is a favorite, along with Reminisce, Good
Housekeeping, Reader's Digest.
I like 'em all.
As much as
I enjoy magazines I've considered one of those big tablets from Amazon
just to be able to read the magazines without having to deal with
paper. Ah, the choices... fortunately I need nothing. Life aboard
Seaweed is fine just as is.
I truly am