So I went to a bookstore yesterday on a mission. A Cappella books, in Little Five Points is apparently the best used bookstore in the ATL, so I felt compelled to check it out. My mission, in response to several recent conversations, was to locate quality fiction written by women.
I think part of the reason for the failure was the character of the store itself. Little Five Points is the "eclectic" "hippie" area of Atlanta, situated basically halfway in between my apartment and the Prison, all of which makes for a really interesting mix. A Cappella is smaller than I thought, but they run their own independent printing press, and specialize in the social and political...maybe we could say the anti-social and anti-political. Hey, I'm down with that.
So there wasn't a whole lot of fiction to begin with. On a side note, cell phones are also not welcome. When my dad called, aggravated about my car issues, the manager politely asked me to "refrain from using your phone inside the store." Yeah, he said "refrain."
Anyway, the bookstore rocks. But my mission failed. I went in search of quality fiction by women, and ended up leaving with a bunch of theology books by old men. Damn.
So, I'm attempting to create a list of required female authors. Suggestions are appreciated.