Book Hunting Expeditions

[BHE 137] Book Hunting in Jersey City and DC!


Myra here.

We are now currently in San Francisco and on our way back to San Diego via Greyhound Bus. 🙂 I am pretty excited to share some of my book hunting expeditions while we were still in the East Coast a few weeks back. Expect even more BHE posts in the coming weeks – as I share my book loot from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Today though, I am sharing some of my book finds in Jersey City and DC.

Word Bookstore and Café in Jersey City

123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City


This place is unbelievably close to where we stayed in Jersey City. A few meters away from the Grove Path Station.


We were on our way to Manhattan when my husband alerted me that hey, there’s a bookstore right there! Naturally, we had to go inside. And boy am I glad that we did.


This caught my eye! I asked the bookseller about their book clubs and he proudly told me that there are around five book clubs that are ongoing in their store. Apparently, they also have a Brooklyn store, and that this Jersey store only opened in December of last year. Lovely!


Look at that! 🙂


My daughter scouring the shelves


Lots of really good titles.


There’s a nook in the farthest corner for readers and for coffee-goers.


I really like their selections.


This caught me eye. Which brings me to my book loot from this place:



Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself Illustrated by Allen Crawford.





Even you would have to admit that this is a great find.

Book Hunting in DC: KramerBooks


Truth be told, I had no intention of doing any kind of book hunting while we were in Washington DC. We had one entire day devoted to just the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour while in DC – as you can see in the photo above. And guess what caught our eye?


Of course we had to get off the bus. We checked out the nearby Books a Million first – similar to the bookstore that we visited while in Baltimore.


And here’s my book find:


The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Finally. I’ve been looking for this book for the longest time. I only have The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying but not this one. So this is a great find. Quite thick though.

While I only have two books that I am sharing with you here from both Jersey and Washington DC, they are truly valuable finds I am sure you’d agree.

How about you, dear friends? What books found their way into your hands this week?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[BHE 137] Book Hunting in Jersey City and DC!

  1. Wow, Myra, my ex’s family is from Jersey City, though they never really browsed bookstores : / This indie looks GREAT! Love their merchandise, too. HAD to look up their site: and

    The word “Word” does something to me 🙂

    And I’m really glad you found an elusive book, but all I could think was “They missed the rest of the tour!” lol Thanks for sharing!

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