We are quite happily raising a family of bibliophiles. WE LOVE BOOKS! We love libraries, we love other people’s books, and we love bookstores. Libraries here in Malawi are rare and poorly stocked, but thankfully we now have a great used bookstore in Lilongwe!
The lady who runs it loves baobab trees, so it’s named Baobab Bookstore, and the decor follows the name.
I think my girls have barely noticed the trees. There are books, and that’s all they can think about.
The bargain table books are 500 kwacha (68 cents), and most others are 1,500-3,000 kwacha (between $2 and $4). The selection is a bit limited, naturally, but really not that bad. And we’ve discovered some British authors we might never have found – like Enid Blyton, one of Abigail’s current favorites.
Today’s choices: a cross stitch book that will be useful in sewing class in the next couple weeks, the yellow storybook for Naomi, and The Wizard of Oz and a book on sharks for Abigail.
All done, let’s go home. Hello, family? Hmmm, lost them back in the bookstore…
I love Baobah trees too. I got a great shot of one earlier this year on the way to Kuti. And I have a whole set (in a case) of mysteries by Enid Blyton. Wish I could send or get them to Abigail some how!! Anyone visiting soon?