For the love of bookshops

I’ve been thinking lately about my former dream of owning a bookmobile. It was always a dream that stemmed from two of my deepest desires: to be surrounded by books and to make a home on the road. These days, though, that dream is little more than a fantasy that I only occasionally indulge, usually after I’ve been following the exploits of Sarah from the Book Barge. Recently, too, it’s been on my mind as I read Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, which reminds me in many ways of Audrey Niffenegger’s graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile. Both feature magic, both are set in venues that, because they are rare and migratory, feel wholly magical. It’s fitting, then, that both authors infused their settings — one a circus, the other a bookmobile — with actual magic. If I were designing the perfect bookmobile, I would charm it…

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