New York has a bookstore or two. We spent a lot of time at Forbidden Planet, Argosy, The Strand and a literary-y one that I can't remember. Plus (see below) a lot of scouting trips to various Barnes & Nobles.
If it weren't for the fact that we had limited bag space, it would've been absolute carnage. Instead, there was some rather ruthless shopping triage going on. I shed a lot of tears.
Ed McBain's Tricks and McBain and Craig Rice's The April Robin Murders. American hardcovers are stupidly expensive. Walk into Barnes & Noble and a McBain hardback will be in the $30 range. Alternatively, for $20, you have your choice of signed, hardcover first editions from Argosy. It was tough just to pick one.
The April Robin Murders is a fun little item - and a Book Club Edition - but it has a terrific cover, and despite being a BCE, is a lot closer to the original publication (1959) than any other copy I've got (all 1970s or later reprints).
John D. MacDonald's Darker than Amber and Time and Tomorrow. No reason for these, except that I didn't have these editions and, with JDM, that's all the reason I need. Amber is a second printing of the US hardcover, and I like the cover (which is basically a reworking of the Gold Medal assets). Time and Tomorrow is another BCE, this time collecting all three of JDM's SF novels (none of which are particularly good, but, whatever.)
Megan Abbott's The End of Everything and The Fever. I knew there would be signed copies of Abbotts book's somewhere in the city, and walked into every bookstore - including every branch of B&N we passed - to find them. The Strand was the answer, and I'm delighted to have signed firsts of one of my new favourite authors.
Ben Winter's The Last Policeman. The only book we got at NYCC - direct from Quirk. It is signed (on a bookplate) (and like the 1,893,597th printing), but, quite keen to read it so, hey...
Also - thanks to the One Comic Podcast - I have a newfound sense of purpose within comic book shops. I took advantage of that in Midtown Comics. After 10 (argh, 20!) years of not buying individual issues, I now have a reason to browse again. Huzzah! Picked up a few singles (Wytches and Sabrina), which will and/or have featured on the podcast.
The loot from NYCC specifically was almost entirely art - we picked up some neat (super-cheap and wonderfully kitschy) old film posters and a load of prints of various shapes and sizes (from, amongst others, Tom Kelly, Dillon Boy, Emma SanCartier and. We even bought a proper shoulder-slung poster tube... only to discover it was the wrong size. But still, shoulder-tube!
More on NYCC later.