When the vultures aren’t kayaking or biking or touring or learning, we’re shopping. And we’re good at it. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home base for our last outing, offers lots of great places to peruse and spend. There’s the decadently priced Lily Pulitzer line at Tickled Pink, home furnishings at Mod Cottage and Bella Luna, and the uniquely tasteful ladieswear at Carlton’s. But if we want a shopping thrill that’s gentler on our wallets, we head to Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Ave. They put out a sign to welcome us each year:
Well, there are other wise people in the store, too, but we like to believe they’re speaking to us. They’ve got all the latest nonfiction and fiction best-sellers as well as a wide assortment of staff picks to meet everyone’s beach reading needs. And like any decent store a few blocks from the beach, this place carries a wealth of toys, games, puzzles–really quality puzzles–cards and gifts. You name it. It’s a browser’s heaven. Once you enter, it’s impossible to leave quickly, especially if you’re a book lover on the prowl for something new, buzzworthy, quirky or time-tested in literature.
The store offers lots of special events, too. We left this charming beach town on Thursday, two days before Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles, a modern re-telling of the Trojan War story that is getting great reviews, was set to appear. In an age of e-books and e-readers, this brick and mortar indy bookstore is a place you want to support and celebrate. Maybe even cherish.