A Complicated Kindness. Actually.

So I was about to finish Galore and I decided that it would be a good idea to go to Eliot’s Bookstore near my office at lunch and see what they had on the List so I’d be ready with my next book. The bookstore is lovely – old, wooden staircases that creak, the smell of used books and shelves that teeter with piles of unsorted books. They have a “Canadian Literature” section which I thought was great, but it looked small so I had my doubts. Rightly so. They only had about 5 of the books on the list (okay, that I haven’t read), and the ones the did have were so overpriced. $11 was the average price for a used book. Really? At BMV, books run an average of $6.95. I bought Galore, A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay, Anil’s Ghos” by Michael Ondaatje, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows at BMV a few weeks ago all for $18. Now that’s a deal.

However. I went to the front to pay for my newly acquired copy of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews ($5.99) and saw that debit purchases had to be a minimum of $10. When I started heading back upstairs to find another book to add to my bill, I was told by the owner that I could just pay him later. I argued that I was more than happy to buy something else, but he said he didn’t mind. If I was in the area I would come back. Now that’s some good customer service. And will I come back? Well, now yes, but it’ll probably just be to wander around and pay my $5.99. I’m still not going to shop there – I can’t bear throwing away money on a product that’s the exact same and cheaper somewhere else. As I was leaving, I looked down at my book and saw the title A Complicated Kindness and really enjoyed the coincidence of it. It was a nice little experience. Now I shall finish Galore and tell you all about it.


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