Okay, so I lied a little bit in the title of this post. McLaughlin’s isn’t actually in New Orleans, it’s on the westbank in Terrytown. But if you’re located in the New Orleans metro area, I highly recommend it.
My mom’s been coming here for a long time to trade her used books for “new” reads. I’ve gone along a few times. This time, I went with an eye to checking out the first edition selection. This is not the place to look for first editions of titles from the 1990s or earlier. The books at McLaughlin’s are largely recent titles. That said, the selection of literature is fantastic, and the books are in consistently excellent condition — the best I’ve seen overall at a bookstore.
So if you buy or trade for books here, you’re probably not going to discover a diamond in the rough anywhere — the books you buy will be worth what you pay for them. But it’s a great place to find interesting reads that look like new, and who knows? — maybe years down the road you’ll see a nice return on your investment.
So having traded in some nice but used paperbacks and making a cash outlay, here’s what I got (you can tell I was in a historical nonfiction kind of mood):
- Natasha’s Dance, A Cultural History of Russia, by Orlando Figes (I’m interested in the subject, especially after finishing Crime and Punishment)
- City of Glory, by Beverly Swerling (subtitle: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan — yeeeess!)
- Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres (I loved his Corelli’s Mandolin)
- The Search for Nefertiti, by Dr. Joann Fletcher (historical and archaelogical stuff; seems cool)
- The Perfect Prince, by Ann Wroe (nonfiction work about some colorful characters in 16th-century England)
I’m sure you’re wondering, as am I, how I will ever get to all these books I’ve accumulated. The jury’s still out on that one.