Boekwinkels / Lesbian Literature

The children's bookstore

One thing I love about Holland is the plethora of independent bookstores. In our town, Utrecht, there are loads, each one with its own specialty. In our neighbourhood alone, there is a travel bookstore, a children’s bookstore, a used bookstore, a comic “book” store, and – immediately across the street from us – a gay book store.

Lesbian Literature

As a book lover myself, I’m tickled pink. In the US, the book market is so dominated by chain “big box” stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders (well, at least until they go bankrupt) that bookstores have no character or charm anymore. London has many more indepenent booksellers (Charing Cross road is famous for its specialty and second-hand bookshops), but the ones in Holland tend to be smaller and more charming. Even the Dutch word, boekwinkel, sounds cute!


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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One Response to Boekwinkels / Lesbian Literature

  1. Eefje says:

    If you ever go to Maastricht you should check out the local selexyz, it’s in a beautiful old church.

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