“What I’ve found does the most good is just get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Every once in a while a quote from a book will just strike me with extreme poignancy. The above quote started making me think about what my Tiffany’s is.
When I began having this discussion with Todd and Adam they immediately guessed what my Tiffany’s was….a bookstore! No matter what kind of mood I’m in, heading to a bookstore immediately calms me. The soft lighting, the sounds and scents from the Starbucks, the colors of the book covers, the comfy arm chairs; it all has such a soothing effect on me.
As Todd has said in some of his “Living with a Book Addict” posts, I sometimes come home from work sheepishly carrying in a bag from Barnes and Noble. (This is usually indicative of me having had a rough day at work) After work I head over to the Barnes and Noble near my job, grab a chai tea from the Starbucks and go roam around for a while. I pick up a few books and find a nice comfy chair to plop down in and let my stress ease away.
The other fabulous thing about Barnes and Noble (and bookstores in general) are the people who frequent them. There are those who have no problems coming up to you to give their opinion on a book that you’re holding and others who find you searching for books and ask if you need a recommendation. These people add to my bookstore experience and make it that much better.
It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that I have a place to go to when things get rough, or I just need a pick-me-up. As always I’m interested in knowing my readers thoughts. I’ve asked some friends to write me their own “Tiffany’s” pieces and I’ll be posting them in the coming weeks. Please feel free to leave your comments on your own special “Tiffany’s” location as well.