At The Sea in Jose Ignacio

BY Lisa Lindblad

December 27, 2012

There is something healthy and invigorating about the Atlantic Coast.  The ocean has character and mood.  It is chock full of marine life whose remains wash up amidst the flotsam and jetsam in great long trails of beach combing heaven.  Mussel shells,  bleached vertebrae, beach glass, starfish arms lure me down the miles of beach and over tide pools while Jeremy is off fishing.

Early in the morning, we come down to buy our fish out of  the gaily painted wooden fishing boats.

And, always, to play with the dogs.

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On the lovely east end of Long Island, a bookstore has been reinvigorated by a friend of mine, Carolyn Brody. About a year ago, Carolyn purchased BookHampton when it was in jeopardy of closing its doors on East Hampton's Main Street.  Extremely well read and erudite herself, she took the potential loss of the 40-year-old gem personally.  She had dreamed of owning a bookstore since she was a child and, so, she purchased it.  BookHampton's mission would be to "provide a vibrant year-round environment for discovering books that intrigue, amuse, educate, and inspire."

Carolyn enlisted the services of another East Hampton resident and long-time friend, Deborah Berke.  Dean of Yale School of Architecture, Deborah created with her team at Deborah Berke Partners a modern, light-filled space that is both welcoming and exciting.

And there are upwards of 20,000 books, both classic and contemporary, and knowledgeable booksellers to guide you through the literary terrain.

 Carolyn produces a newsy letter that highlights staff picks and alerts to upcoming bookstore events.


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