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Monday, May 6, 2013

Bountiful Book Exchanges


The Loon Feather was borrowed from, read then returned to this
same exchange.  The “no back” as Wayne nicknamed the other
book, came from the nearby Laundromat book exchange.
What do you… do... exactly?  My 20-something almost-PhD & professorial niece asked.

While one of these days I’ll do a pie chart or some other more fun visual on our time typically fles by as cruisers.  Bottom line – since so many things are manual, especially for cheapskates like us, basic everyday tasks take longer.

One classic cruising escape is reading books “borrowed” from book exchanges.  You can count on finding book exchanges at or near nearly every marina and yacht club.  Oftentimes coffeeshops, bars, restaurants, laundromats and business centers wanting to attract cruisers offer exchanges as well.  Book trading among cruisers is also a time-honored tradtition.  After all, who better understands how little space we’re willing to allocate for anything no longer needed? Trading an unread book for a read book?  No brainer.

Yes, we each own a Kindle. Wayne’s hard drive houses a library collection of 8,000 books.  Still, for me, nothing beats the comforting feel of holding a book in my hand, inhaling its musty scent, the kinesthetic magic of my fingers caressing the paper, savoring the satisfaction of another page completed.

Book Exchanges We’ve Found: St Lucia - St Thomas
  • St Lucia:  Oceans Beach Bar & Restaurant and St Lucia Yacht Club
  • Guadeloupe:  Laundomat at Pointe a Pitre marina
  • Nevis:  Nevis Library (free books and books for $1 or less)
  • St. Martin:  Business Center at Simpson Bay IGY Marina
  • St. Barts:  Gustavia marina (the customs and immigration check-in)
  • St. Croix:  Teague Bay's St. Croix Yacht Club
  • St. John:  restaurant at Coral Bay
  • St Thomas:  Crown Bay Marina Laundromat
  • Water Island:  Phllips Landing


Baker’s Dozen “Found” Books*
1.    The Lemon Tree (non-fiction, story of a Palestinian and Israeli dialog)
2.    Undomestic Goddess (domestically clueless high powered London attorney becomes a country maid – comedy-romance)
3.    Gone Bamboo (mystery set in St Martin & St Barts)
4.    The Homecoming (German immigrant establishes himself in the US industrial age)
5.    The Day After Tomorrow (conspiracy / murder mystery)
6.     The Loon Feather (Chief’s daughter caught between two cultures)
7.    Portuguese Irregular Verbs (satirical tale of a self-important linguistics professor)
8.    Uglies (think Logan’s run crossed with Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees)
9.    Hunger Games (c’mon, you had see the movie!)
10. Cruising Cuisine (source of my favorite mostly no-knead 3-hour bread recipe)
11. Sophie’s World (The history of philisophy wrapped around a story)
12. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt’s classic poverty-stricken autobiography of his youth)
13.Tai-Pan (James Clavell's prequel to the sweeping miniseries Shogun)

*not counting any ebooks; does include cruiser trades & gifts
Philips Landing book exchange on Water Island, where
the ferry comes in.
  Pretty dusty, eclectic mostly decades-old mix.