Even though the stock is clearly aimed at the general reader, Tim's manages to be a quasi-academic store in the middle of a vacation town with a seasonal population (though it is less so every year). Fiction runs almost the entire left side of the cavernous store and is well selected. And yes, the store has a political science (though small) and China section, which means it passes my personal test. There are new releases near the front, and it's fun to look through the piles of recent arrivals that are all over the place.
fiction, sociology, philosophy, women's and gender studies, American history, cultural studies, sports, mathematics, China/Japan/Russia etc., various text books, literary criticism...
what I bought:
Usually when I hit Tim's I leave with literally a box of stuff. This last time, I didn't splurge on account of funds but picked up a few reasonably priced things I had been looking for as well as some that I hadn't. I remember I was hoping to find John Banville's The Sea that trip but no luck. I'll be back in December! Here are a few things I bought (condition is excellent unless noted):
Baseball and the Pursuit of Innocence: A Fresh Look at the Old Ball Game by Richard Skolnik ($7.95)
Women and Chinese Modernity by Rey Chow ($5.00)
The Elegant Universe: superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory by Brian Greene ($5.00)
location and contact:
386 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 778-5550
pretty easy to find, right on Main Street in Hyannis.