Hope you all had a fabulous fourth of July. Mine involved:
3. Ice cream with hot fudge from THE BEST ICE CREAM SHOP IN THE WORLD (Sundae School, in Cape Cod)
4. Best friends
(Enjoyed not necessarily in that order.)
I hit up Martha's Vineyard and then Cape Cod with some of my oldest, best friends, and spent a week swimming, biking, tanning (BUT VERY CAREFULLY and wearing LOTS OF SUNBLOCK!! C'mon peeps...wrinkles + skin cancer = NOT HOT), and generally being as happy as a clam. (Not the clams I consumed on my vacation--not sure they were so happy--but happy as a FREE clam.)
As you can probably tell, some of the sunshine and sugar addled my brain, but I did have time for some intellectual pursuits...I had a chance to stop by Titcomb's Bookstore in East Sandwich, where I met lovely owner Vicky and various other members of her extended family. The store has been in existence since 1969 and it represent everything I love about indies: a warm and knowledgeable staff, an incredible selection of books, both old, used, and antique (I rediscovered some classic Beatrice Potter editions I used to have when I was little; I literally almost cried when I saw them), and BROWNIES! Okay, so, brownies aren't necessarily something I associate with indies, but Vicky had whipped up a batch of them and they were ridiculously delicious.
I was in the Cape with one of my best friends, Elizabeth Miles, a soon-to-be debut novelist whose first book, FURY, will be out in Fall 2011, and whom I recently interviewed here. Below you will find a pic of the two of us standing in front of the papier-mache statue that marks the entrance to the bookstore.
For those of you that have read BEFORE I FALL, you might recall that one of Sam's final "greatest hits" involves a memory of catching crabs in Cape Cod with her sister Izzy...and I have to say, this latest trip to the Cape might very well make it onto a greatest hits collection of my own.
Hope everyone had a happy Independence Day...now summer really begins!