A miracle at Aqua Books?

Today, I plan on walking down to Aqua Books, a local used bookstore, at lunch. I’ll be taking the fiction zeitgeist with me. If you have any last minute additions let me know in the comments.

I’m always struck by one particular thing every time I happen upon Aqua Books. It’s not the excellent selection of books. It’s not the excellent theology section, a rare thing I think. And it’s not the hip caricature of the store owner outside. Nope, what gets me every time is just how clean the place is. Maybe it’s just that their nearest competitor is infamously filthy – and, I mean, really, really filthy – but, still, that place is pretty clean.

Now, if I can’t find any books from the list I think I’m going to end up buying Miracle Monday by Elliot S! Maggin. I saw it there a few weeks ago and I hope it’s still there. Miracle Monday is the sequel to the 1978 novel adaptation of Superman: The Movie. An adaptation which had nothing to do with the movie but had everything to do with what Elliot S! Maggin thought Superman should be about. I read the adaptation when I was a kid and was completely and totally surprised by it. It’s far better than it has any right to be. It’s currently on my basement bookshelf with all the Burroughs and Robeson books I’ve permanently borrowed from father. I only recently found out there was a sequel. I have to have it.

I’m not sure what to say about this. How should one feel about going into a used bookstore carrying a short list of some of the best fiction from the past ten years and quite possibly coming out with a novel about Superman?

I hope it’s still there so I can find out.


I bought Miracle Monday. I feel great. I think I’ll read it this summer instead of my usual summer read, The Maltese Falcon.

Even better news: I get to keep looking for your book recommendations. Who knows what else I’ll find on the way to acting my age.

6 responses to “A miracle at Aqua Books?”

  1. Hi Ian. Forgive my lurking, but thanks very much for the kind compliment. We do try to be the best used bookstore in Winnipeg. We do a weekly email with info about new books and store events/news. Let me know if you’d like to be on the list. Email me at kelly(at)aquabooks.ca. Also, do you mind if I link your post to the blogs page on our site?CheersKelly HughesAqua Books

  2. You’re welcome, Kelly. Welcome to Upper Fort Stewart.A link to Upper Fort Stewart is always appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Link is now up. It’s the twelfth item. That page will be redesigned in the next couple of months, and I think the blogs will have their own page. (Let me know if you want to be on that email list. There’s always info that’s not on the site.)CheersKelly HughesAqua Books

  4. Okay, not that you asked, but since the people who hang out here appear to read, here in no particular order is my recommended eclectic list of a dozen books to read in 2008:

    Truman by David McCullough
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Mike Chabon
    Einstein by Walter Isaacson
    Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
    Younger Next Year by Harry Lodge & Chris Crowley
    Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman
    The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
    Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
    Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
    Made To Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

    And thanks for the kind words.

  5. Whoa! Maggin himself!

    I haven’t read the others, but Mountains Beyond Mountains IS an amazing book.

  6. […] back through some old comments reminded me that great scott! Elliot S! Maggin commented on my blog. Definitely one of the highlights of my blogging career so […]

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