In the mall in Concord a new bookstore finally opened--however, it's Border's and they have a very limited range of books available. It almost amounts to censorship but im not entirely sure who is censoring what or why...Im giving them the benefit of the doubt right now, because they havent been there long; very few shelves in the open spaces, for one thing. Lots of self help books, history, biography. No Robert Parker, John P. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, John Irving or Terry Pratchett. Very few women-as-detective series. And incredibly, Jane Eyre has been relegated to the mystery/detective shelf. No poetry, not even Shakespeare or Frost.
It comes across as a Nicholas Sparks/Oprah type store, easy reads, nothing too difficult. If you are over 7 you are labeled an indepent reader, even if you are now reading the final Harry Potter.
This Independent Reader fwowed up and left.