While it IS Short Story Month, the last two visits to the bookstore found me purchasing non-story collections. A little over a week ago I walked in and was specifically looking for a "mystery" title but was hit with the front table stack of books with a picture of Affirmed and Alydar on the cover. As a 12 year old that watched any horse racing that was on television, seeing two three year olds go 1-2 in all three Triple Crown races and end up a total of less than 3 lengths apart was ingrained in my memory. The book was a no brainer to pick up. Then passing the biography section I see Richard Nixon along with his with Pat on the cover of a book. Even less brains needed. And then I found the book I was there to pick up in the first place, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (sue me, I'm an unabashed Veronica Mars fan). So far two of these have been finished and were very much enjoyed. Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing's Gretaest Rivalry was a well done history of the two horses, their jockeys, their trainers and the farms that they came up with. Lots of great little details and the race scenes written in a manner to induce excitement in the reader (even one that knew how each race was going to end). And if you were a fan of the television series, or the recent Kickstarter aided movie, you'll like the Veronica Mars based novel.
My most recent visit to a bookstore had me as one of those patrons I've never been fond of--not buying any books, but instead flashcards for my daughter's forthcoming AP History test.