Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's Still True

Kalispell, MT is the western gateway to Glacier National Park, and we stayed there for two nights. The town has two used book stores, and of course we went to both. Blacktail Mountain Books is towards one end of the disorganized/organized spectrum of used book stores. The books were mostly grouped in loose categories, but that was the extent of any attempt at organization. Imagine combining all of the small bookshelves you've seen in antique stores into one small building. Lana stumbled (I think literally) across Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming, and bought that, since we will be travelling the same route along the east coast as the characters.

Glacier National Park

Just two blocks away, the other used book store, The Bookshelf is on the opposite end of that same spectrum--and may exist just to provide an alternative experience to the town and its visitors, given some comments the shop keeper made when we mentioned how different the store was. I found exactly what I was looking for there (Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz), in clear alphabetic order.

I've always been a book vulture, so I immediately started reading the book Lana bought. At some point, I mentioned that we should start saying "It's still true" every morning when we wake up, like the character James does, but with opposite meaning (the four children in the book are orphaned in the first chapter). Neither of us can actually remember to do so when we wake up, but we do remember to say it regularly. We'll have been on the road for two weeks, and it's still sinking in, I think.

It's still true. We're really doing this.