2 days after Ida, back to the routine

The routine is my favorite routine: book browsing at my Barnes and Noble in Gulfport.

I went back there the Tuesday after Ida, two days after the hurricane and the first day the store was back in business since the storm.

This is the same store that was out of business for many months, which seemed like many years, after Katrina, the Aug. 29, 2005 hurricane. Oh, and Ida was on Aug. 29, 2021.

Of course, Aug. 31, 2021 was far superior to Aug. 31, 2005, when we remained in evacuation mode in Memphis before coming back to our home in Gulfport.

Once I saw the Facebook post that Barnes and Noble had reopened the Tuesday after Ida, I was ready to resume my weekly trips to the store and see what new books might interest me.

Here’s what I found:

“Several People Are Typing,” Calvin Kasulke


OK, this became a want-it after I read just two pages of the debut Slack novel, a workplace satire, and saw it featured on LitHub.

I’m sharing the first page of the book. If I infringed the copyright, contact my Slack.


“The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” Maurice Carlos Ruffin


I snipped the cover at the Barnes and Noble website Wednesday afternoon.

Before leaving the store Tuesday, I looked at Ruffin’s new collection of short stories, and since the stories are about people in New Orleans, a place I love and now pray for after Ida, I added it to my want-it list.

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