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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Writer, Bookseller
Interests: Destination:Books A pop-up book stall based in Atlanta. Author of: The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009) Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), Understanding Search Engines (1999),
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Destination: Books will be managing the books sales at the opening for Drew Langsner's This is Not a Chair: A Popup Exhibit of Recent Sculpture on Friday evening, September 30th in Avondale Estates. Although this is not our normal venue, it does fit in with what we like do— to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Destination: Books
Writer Author of Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), and co-authored Understanding Search Engines: A Mathematical Approach (2005). Work in progress: My Father's Letters: A Retirement Project. For a list of shorter articles and essays visit Other Publications. Bookseller Destination:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2022 at Murray Browne
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Last Saturday (9/17) was a little different at the Destination: Books popup book stall at the Carter Center's Freedom Farmers Market here in Atlanta. In front of our booth, we noticed a small entourage surrounding a man who we soon recognized as Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Senator Booker was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2022 at Destination: Books
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We’re turning the page from summer to fall, here at Destination: Books. Instructional books about growing vegetables like The Whole Okra, Epic Tomatoes and Square Foot Gardening forfeit shelf space to more off-season fanfare such as Year-Round Indoor Gardening, Plants Are My Favorite People. and A Sand County Almanac. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2022 at Destination: Books
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Rainwater and books don't mix and considering the iffy, rainy forecast for Saturday, September 10th, Destination: Books is postponing our popup at the Freedom Farmer's Market to Saturday morning, September 17th. As always, the Freedom Farmer's Market at the Carter Center goes on rain or shine, but we won't be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2022 at Destination: Books
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In preparation for spending a week in Seaside, Florida with my younger daughter Bonnie and her family, I opted to make it a Pirate-themed vacation. I picked up a set of Pirate action figures, but (upon polite understandable request) removed all their weapons, which included pistols, knives, and cutlasses. While... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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The first thing that captured my imagination about the Dos Passos's U.S.A. Trilogy was the clever artwork of the Signet Classics, which were prominently displayed in the bookstores of my college youth. I finally bought them, and they stayed on my shelves for a number of years. I do not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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If you're going to watch the Field of Dreams baseball game between two National League bottom feeders tonight (8/11), here's a couple of postings from The Book Shopper archive that you can look at when things get a little slow. To celebrate the game, I'm having corn-on-cob for dinner tonight.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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I've been getting ready for The Great Georgia Pollinator Census on August 19-20, 2022 for over a year now. The University of Georgia extension service created the census to promote pollinator conservation. Last year I recorded the numbers and types of bees, wasps and butterflies that were visiting some of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2022 at Destination: Books
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There are two books that have been at the forefront of my thoughts lately. One is Ministry for The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, and the other is Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Futures by Merlin Sheldrake. Ministry for the Future The recent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at Destination: Books
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I recently watched two motion pictures about bookstores: The Bookshop (2017) about a war widow Florence Greer (played by Emily Mortimer) who opens a small bookstore at a seaside village in England in the 1950s and the documentary Hello, Bookstore (2022) featuring owner Matthew Tannenbaum who fights to keep his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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I have to say this year's garden bounty has been the best ever (but historically I have had a low bar). As always some of the success has been due to luck, but not entirely, because at Destination: Books not only do we sell gardening books, but we follow the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Destination: Books
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There is almost as many different types of bee books as there are bees. There are books like The Bees in Your Backyard an encyclopedia that can help you identify bees—like the one that stung me when I was working in my garden the other day. (But it was probably... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2022 at Destination: Books
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Our book group has just finished reading Ron Chernow’s voluminous biography Grant (2017), which illuminated a period of American history that we knew little about. Chernow uses the life of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1888) to give us perspectives on the Mexican War, the coming storm between the North and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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Last summer, inspired by Amy Stewart’s book The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms (a Destination: Books bestseller reviewed here on my companion blog), I replaced my old worm tub with a four-story worm tower, a Father’s Day gift from my daughter Bonnie. The tower provides a steady... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Destination: Books
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Here are some of the fresh new titles Destination: Books will be bringing to the Freedom Farmer's Market at the Carter Center on Saturday morning, May 28th. You can appreciate how exotic fungi can be by thumbing through the 40 color illustrations in the book Fungi from the Royal Botanical... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Destination: Books
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I was in Boston earlier this month visiting my older daughter Cynthia, which included weeding her book collection. This labor of love took plenty of time, but I did manage to visit my favorite Boston area bookstore – the MIT Press Bookstore. Considering the past postings in 2010, 2016 and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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Electrify: An Optimists Playbook for a Clean Energy Future (MIT Press, 2021) by Saul Griffith is a briskly paced book advocating that the best way to slow climate change is to shift the electric grid away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Included in... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Destination: Books
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Currently on exhibit at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is Postcards from Paris by photographer André Kertész (American, born Hungarian 1894 - 1985). Included in the exhibit are a couple of reading-related photographs. One is of Parisian gallery owner Jan Sliwinsky in his study (circa 1926-27) shown here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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I am taking a brief respite from my own gardening toil-in-the-soil activities to set up the Destination: Books pop-up stall at the Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center on Saturday morning, April 30th. Gardening-wise, this is my fourth year "curating" a small 9' by 8' plot at the Scott... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Destination: Books
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The Destination: Books popup book stall will be at the Wylde Center's Edgewood Community Garden Earth Day Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022. We will be featuring books on gardening, sustainability and some children's books. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at Destination: Books
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The Destination: Books' pop-up book stall with its books on gardening and sustainability is scheduled to be at the Wylde Center's Spring Plant Sale Festival at Oakhurst Garden on Saturday, April 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wylde Center is located in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur. Of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Destination: Books
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While working at our popup booth we are sometimes asked to explain the differences between our variety of gardening books. It's a good question and to better prepare ourselves we did some further review of the books we carry on the topic. These books range in price from $19.95 to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at Destination: Books
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April 6th and 7th is the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh that was fought in 1862. In this 1965 snapshot my older brother Neil and I are standing in front of Ruggles Battery near the Hornet's Nest. Our parents took us boys on a road trip to Shiloh,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at The Book Shopper
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Some may remember political satirist and journalist P.J. O'Rourke who died last month as one of the co-editors of The National Lampoon High School Yearbook, or as the author of Parliament of Whores (1991), or his appearances on the NPR radio show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! But when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at The Book Shopper