Visit to Green Valley Book Fair and Shenandoah National Park

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled south to the Green Valley Book Fair, which is near Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had heard about this place from Leslie of This is the Refrain and Teresa of Shelf Love. Basically, the Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store that is open roughly every other month (dates are posted on their site). The books I bought ranged from $3 to $6 each.

Here is a picture of my book finds, which as you can see were thoroughly inspected by my cat.

img_2042List of the books pictured:

The Devil’s Dream by Lee Smith

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene

Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber

Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam


After my visit to the book fair, I decided to take Skyline Drive back north. Skyline Drive is a scenic highway that is part of Shenandoah National Park. I accessed the highway at the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station near Elkton and took it all the way to Front Royal which is the north terminus of Skyline Drive. It was a gorgeous day and as I was driving the highway in the late afternoon, I hit the golden hour and the beginning of the sunset. Even better, I was visiting on a non-holiday weekday, so the road wasn’t crowded.

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6 responses to “Visit to Green Valley Book Fair and Shenandoah National Park

  1. Oh, wow, I’ve never done the Skyline Drive route through the Shenandoah Valley, even though I have to go through there a few times a year. I’m going down that way next weekend, so I should try it if the weather is nice. It will give me some good photo opps for the photography class I’m taking.

    • It’s definitely slower than taking 81 because the max speed limit is 35mph, I think, but if you have the time and it’s a good day, then I highly recommend it! It’s a $20 entrance fee if you don’t have a NPS pass. Alternatively, you can also get an annual pass for Shenandoah for $40.

  2. I drove this route lots of times when I lived in PA. It’s beautiful down there, isn’t it? I love our National Park system.

  3. piningforthewest

    It looks like a beautiful area, great photos. Of your books I’ve only read the Edna Ferber and enjoyed it.

  4. It sounds like a perfect and beautiful day! Look at all those wondrous books you bought!

  5. Norman Moyer

    Lots of scenic places! Glad you went.
    Dad

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