So, I look for it under "b" (for Bradbury, which begins with a "b"). No luck. Then I look under "Modern Classics". Nope. Then I ask the NYU sophomores behind the help counter. As I speak to one, the other one, whom I'll call "ironic dark rimmed glasses" was like, "we probably don't have it".
And I was like, "what?", all aghast.
And ironic dark rimmed glasses was like, "yeah", like "obviously".
This is a place that boasts 18 miles of books, so, you can imagine my surprise at their lack of this giant of classic literature. I mean, it's not like I was asking if they carried my self-published novella (which is called ThunderCat). This is Ray Bradbury, folks.
In any case, I'll find it elsewhere, I'm sure, and I did pick up the other two books I was looking for (Gilead and To Kill a Mockingbird), and a copy of I Capture the Castle at the suggestion of a friend, so, it wasn't a wasted trip.
And, honestly, whether you've read Dandelion Wine or not, or whether or not you believe in summer reading at all, you ought to read this. I like to save my praise for when it's truly deserved, and this is deserved.
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