No. 94

The Attic of Poor Richard’s Books

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On my recent trip to Kentucky, my father and I stopped in at his sister’s bookstore in Frankfort. My aunt Elizabeth and her children were the exotic part of the family in my mind as I grew up: they lived far away, in a world filled with books and blue grass and wide open spaces. I hardly knew them.

It’s only been in recent years that the cousins on my father’s side have begun to seek each other out and form bonds of friendship. It’s as if we picked up old books that were there, waiting to be discovered, and found a world within them.

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I could get lost in my aunt’s bookstore, and I very nearly did. The bottom level is like many other book shops, filled with new titles laid out to catch your eye. But upstairs are where the real gems lie waiting for owners.

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Books long forgotten line the shelves. They hide in shadows. Sometimes only a cover peeks out from beneath another book. You catch a flash of bright blue or a shimmer of gold. These books tell stories beyond the ones written in them: old owners names can be found on the first page, inscriptions are written on the inside front cover, notes have been jotted here and there in margins. You can feel the ghosts circle around you, whispering ever so softly as you move from one volume to the next.

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I think we both need to find a bookstore to get lost in this week…

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

10 thoughts on “The Attic of Poor Richard’s Books

  1. I love books too! Jake only let me bring 5 of my books to Toronto with me…and that stack of 5 has grown into 20…oops….

  2. that place looks amazing. i’m so jealous because there aren’t that many bookstores around where i live.

    xoxo, Oleah
    xthesimplethingsx.blogspot.com

  3. Your aunt is the owner? I haven’t been there since…I don’t know, sometime before my aunt moved from Frankfort to Louisville, so more than ten years ago. I loved it. I need to go back. It’s not even forty-five minutes away. Amazing.

  4. These are my favourite kinds of bookshops! The kind you can get immediately lost in and spend hours pouring over the shelves. It’s sad they’re a bit of a dying breed these days.

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