A Used Book Mecca Right in the Milwaukee Airport: Who Knew?

I wrote the following post around 1 am this past Saturday morning, after a long day of snafu-ridden travels. I was impressed with both the day I’d had and with the bookstore I discovered in the Milwaukee airport, which is the primary subject of this post. At some point I got up to do something else, and when I came back the post was gone. I did the usual things – checked for auto-saves and so forth, but with no luck, so I patched together a much-condensed version, posted it, and called it a night. The next day, I logged into WordPress, and there it was, so I’m happy to be able to post it now. More than 48 hours later, I can say that my weekend was a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel from start to finish. Now, at 3 am Pacific time on Monday morning, I am less impressed by the moderate chaos of Friday. Friday was for lightweights. However, Renaissance Books in the Milwaukee airport is just as exciting as ever. Here’s the post I meant to share with you on Friday:

Long story short, today was a day. My objective was to make it from San Francisco to Baltimore. I accomplished that objective, but the itinerary I ended up following bore little resemblance to the itinerary I started with. Let’s just say that I went states and states out of my way. But everything is OK, because 1) I made it to my destination safely, and 2) I happened upon an awesome used bookstore in the Milwaukee airport. Yes, really! Can we find whatever administrator who is responsible for putting it there and convince him/her to run for president?

Milwaukee10The place is huge – not so much by bookstore standards but by airport bookstore standards:

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Remember bookcase art? I took a few new shots:

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Did you know that Willa Cather wrote a novel called Youth and the Bright Medusa? I didn’t know that Willa Cather wrote a novel called Youth and the Bright Medusa.

There is a drama section…

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… which is not to be mistaken for the “Drama, Circus” section:

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There’s some evidence of a rivalry between certain Midwestern states:

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And then there’s, um, THIS:

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I didn’t buy it. Why didn’t I buy it? I can be such an enigma sometimes. I mean, not wanting to explain why I owned a half-priced Scientologist S&M comic book every time I went through security is a good reason, but still.

And finally, I promise you that I didn’t stage this next photo. This copy of My Losing Season was just sitting there on top of these serious-looking tomes, looking a bit out of place but still charming. It was just waiting for the folks at Postcards from Purgatory to happen upon it.

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Next time you’re passing through Milwaukee, stop in and see it for yourself!

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7 Responses to A Used Book Mecca Right in the Milwaukee Airport: Who Knew?

  1. Maria Caswell says:

    So awesome. I wish I had a reason to go there.

    • bedstrom says:

      You could try sleeping through your original flight. That’s how I ended up there.

      • badkitty1016 says:

        you slept through your original flight? What?

      • bedstrom says:

        Yep. That was how the whole weekend of wonders got started.

      • badkitty1016 says:

        your flight out of SFO or a connecting flight?

      • bedstrom says:

        My flight out of SFO. They gave me a standby ticket for a different flight. There was room for me on the first leg (to Milwaukee) but not on the second leg (this is why for a while I thought I would be stuck in Milwaukee overnight). Then they got me on a flight to National, but my bag still went to Baltimore. So I took a shuttle to BWI and then a second shuttle to JHU. 5:05 am PST until 12:45 am EST.

      • badkitty1016 says:

        I really hope that neither of my cross-country trips this summer are as eventful as yours. 😦

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