At Shakedown St. & Lonely Ave.

The used book bins are modern treasures, where every so often a gem…

Some of them are pocket size with dry and yellow pages, pencil highlights and notes along the margins from the prior readers in the line… paperback editions that haven’t been in print for decades, and the covers tell a story of their own.

Once in a while, the object is new and hardly touched, priced to sell, which is a different sort of find entirely… almost less valuable, depending…but if the mood is right or the edition touches on a moment, or preferably both…

You just gotta poke around…

Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart…

And when you do, there’s often a surprise that’s buried and unnoticed…

… the sunshine never comes through.

The best book bins are where you least expect to find them, but they’re everywhere.