Great to hear you're in NY. I hope you and your family are having a great time!
Sadly, its the case most places I've been as well. I think the main issue is that booksellers have a very thin margin from which to pay for rent, wages, and all their other costs and then make a profit, so they will order in what they know will sell. About three years ago the closest thing to a Theravada book I bought in Borders was Jack Kornfield's 'After the ecstacy, the laundry'. And it was disappointing!
Last year I revisited the Theosophical Bookshop in Melbourne. Despite the Theosophical Society playing a pivotal role in bringing Theravada to the West in the late 19th Century, most of the books in the Buddhism section were of that bastard-hybrid genre of "New Ageified" Tibetan and Zen. You know, that touchy-feely stuff that you wouldn't touch with a barge poll.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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