Friday, December 12, 2008

Argosy Bookstore

This is the entrance to Argosy Books, one of the few independent bookstores left in New York City. Located on 59th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue, it specializes in rare and old books, maps and prints, which makes it somewhat immune to big store chains like Barnes & Noble and online retailers like Amazon.com that sell mostly new fiction and non-fiction books.

So what kind of books do you usually read?

19 comments:

Thinking Fool said...

Novels about killers (like Silence of the Lambs and Kiss the Girls), historical/political/economic works (1000 Years for Revenge), Freakanomics), and some odd ones mixed in here and there (Steve Martin's Memoir!).

Virginia said...

I spend too much time doing this but I do read some photography and Paris books. I am going to take a French class so hopefully I will be a good student and read my assignments! I like this independent bookstore Ming! We need them!

USelaine said...

I have to admit, in the last year I've mostly opened reference books, and occasionally books of history and art and science. I can't remember the last novel I read. It might have been a re-reading of Pride and Prejudice.

Olivier said...

en ce moment je lis le manuel de mon nouvel APN ;o)) elle est belle cette librairie.
at present I read the textbook of my new APN; o)) it is nice this bookshop.

alice said...

Oh, this place looks like an Alladin's cavel to me!

Babzy said...

wherever i go, i like to go in libraries ,this one looks beautiful ! I read comics, novels ,detectives stories ,travel books and a lot of children litterature ;)

Peter said...

Just now reading a J.M.G. Le Clézio, this year's Nobel Prize winner. Hadn't read hime before!

Tara's Talk said...

I love bookstores!
I love Stephen King, true crime & stuff like that:)

Stop by & visit some of my blogs when you get a chance:)
~~Tara
http://www.blogger.com/profile/16187242078303599851

valeria said...

Oh, I like this independent book store, it has such an old times charm, it reminds me of Daunt Books in Marylebone, London. Lovely.

Paz said...

I've never been to this bookstore before. I'm going to have to go check it out. Did you buy anything while there?

Anonymous said...

ones with pretty covers.

Hilda said...

"rare and old books, maps and prints"

Sounds fabulous! I'd love to visit it.

My mainstays are science fiction, history, historical fiction and young adult fantasy but I pretty much read anything and everything that sounds interesting or that interests me at the moment of choosing. My day is never complete without at least 30 minutes of reading. Right now, I'm reading a revisionist history of Genghis Khan — fascinating!

Jay_ said...

Books on leadership and finance.

Priscilla said...

I love this picture!
Reading?....Lots of things. Just started Art for Dummies.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Nice photo! Love so much books and bookstores! I am an avid reader!

Anonymous said...

Tell me that you are reading
and I'll tell you who you are

Todd HellsKitchen said...

non-fiction... almost always

thwany said...

i usually like non-fiction or classics

L.Shaw said...

I read a variety. Right now....Dean Koontz's The Darkest Evening of the Year.