Walk A Crooked Mile: A Photo Tour

February 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm 16 comments

the ultimate bathroom: endless reading abounds

Sustainable living practices, including “buying local”, go far beyond being a member of a CSA or shopping at the farmers market downtown or making your own bread.  Sustainability also means supporting local shops and fair trade practices whenever possible.  In this manner, the money from your purchase goes much further than just powering your day with caffeine or buying a nice present for a friend.  Rather, that cash serves as a lifeline for small business owners that support the rich diversity that makes our world so enjoyable.  And money spent close to home stays close to home so your own neighborhood improves with each and every cent you spend. 

Come along with me for a photo tour of my very most favorite neighborhood book shop, Walk a Crooked Mile Books.  Then tell me what’s the best local joint in your town…

you know you’re close when you see the shelves
of free books at the top of the street

an old train station is the perfect home for this shop

sign says it all
resident putty tat looks rather bookish herself
sunlight hits the shelves
the holy grail
upstairs looking through the stacks
there are books in every possible spot…
beautiful old books
navigate as best you can with these directions
are you seeing what i’m seeing??
i wasn’t joking when i said they put books in every possible spot!

old light fixtures add to the atmosphere

free coffee and tea to any browsers!

aren’t we all… aren’t we all?


Walk a Crooked Mile Books
In the Mt. Airy Train Station
Devon Street at Gowen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Port Wine and Pastries:  Yes, my dear readers, I am currently away from my desk/computer, hiking around the steep hills of Lisbon and rural sections of the northern Minho region of pint-sized Portugal.  I can’t wait to get back and tell you all about the rich old-world culture of this unique little country oft forgotten by European travelers intent on getting to Italy and Spain.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this post and please have patience with my delay in responding to comments. 

Obrigada e adeus (thank you and farewell)!


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  • 1. therealpotato  |  February 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    this is my heaven! oh, mt. airy, you get more and more attractive.

  • 2. sorrentolens  |  February 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I love book stores like this one. I could roam and look for hours. Nice post and photos.

  • 3. Taryn  |  February 27, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Portugal! I may be traveling there myself this summer. Perhaps you might have a post on some Portuguese inspired grub soon? Did you go to any Fado houses?

  • 4. Meira  |  February 28, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    The other great thing is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for, he’s all too happy to dig around for you.

  • 5. islandexile  |  March 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Oh, a good bookstore is a thing of wonder! We have Darvills. When you walk through the door, you’re home. It’s small, but they will order anything. The smell of good coffee fills the air. And there are always seasonal flowers or branches from local gardens.

  • 6. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:01 am

    RealPotato – Yes, you have to move out to my ‘hood immediately! 🙂 Exciting news for me and Dave…we just bought a house that is just two short blocks from this book store so now I’m going to be there CONSTANTLY! Come join me anytime! 🙂

  • 7. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:02 am

    SorrenTalens – Thanks!! A good book store is good for the soul, yes?

  • 8. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Tayrn – Portugal was great so feel free to ask any questions in upcoming posts about it that might help you with planning your trip. There will be posts about the food and places to see. I did not attend an official fado show, but did hear it on the street occasionally. It was very mournful so that’s why I didn’t go see an entire show of it. But it was pretty.

  • 9. Jennie  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Meira – True, true!

    Island Exile – Where are you writing from? Dravills sounds lovely and I’d like to make a mental note to visit if I’m ever in your town. 🙂

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  • 11. Keeping Local Alive « Straight from the Farm  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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  • 12. annie  |  June 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    yo greg so you is in lisbon!
    hot diggitydog! i’m still in ikoma overlooking nara
    got my bird book
    miss the old boostore – remember the days of entering data into abebooks. still recommend the website.
    i’ll be coming home the month of august. hope you are there.
    i needs me some books!!!
    here we say kyoskete – sayonara!!

    • 13. Jennie  |  June 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Sorry, Annie, but this isn’t Greg…I’m just a customer at his bookstore who wrote a post about it a couple years ago. He and the bookstore are still there and doing well though.

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