Statesboro, GA, USA
I'm trying to figure out more precisely what you're looking for. Are you looking for something like "Logic 101", "Philosophy 101", or "Expressive writing 101"? Because, remember, good expression and good thinking don't always go together. There have been some amazing writers whose philosophies aren't worth spitting at, and vice-versa.
But anyway, if you let me know more exactly what you're aiming at, I might be able to give you some recommendations.
BTW, I love Barnes and Nobles too. Just being in a room with that many books gives me a rush .... (or maybe it's the coffee) At any rate, my wife doesn't like me to go very often, because she can't seem to get me without resorting to physical force.