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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You're too busy when...

...the book club is reading Behind the Beautiful ForeversLife, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, the National Book Award winning book from Katherine Boo and you read The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy.

Granted they are both non-fiction and take place in Mumbai, but seriously how could I confuse them? In my defense I was listening to the audiobook, so I didn't have the cover staring me in the face.  

On the other hand, I was writing about book club, reminding people about the discussion and patting myself on the back for actually reading a book club book. I did realize I read the wrong book about 1/2 before book club started, but seriously...

Stop...breathe...take your time...and try again.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The intersection of beer and books - sometimes it's a name, a region of the country/world and sometimes it's the image on a beer can.

As we were stocking our new beer the other day, we noticed red on one of the cans. When we looked it more closely we realized it was a person, kneeling down, with BLOOD on their hands (the beer was called Killer Kolsch from Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville).

 Immediately, Lelia walked over to the mystery section and pulled out The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler - an instant display.  I think the cover gives you a good idea what type of book you're in for (my kind of book). Guess we'll have as much fun pairing beer with books as we have connecting our wines with favorite books.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If you've talked with me lately, you know that the verb "tinysizing" has become part of my vocabulary, inspired by The Big Tiny by Dee Williams. While Terry and I were selling Dee's book at Boneyard Studios here in DC and looking at tiny house plans, I saw one that would make a fantastic pop-up bookstore. Earlier today as I shared my tinysizing activities with a friend, I mentioned the pop-up bookstore idea and how it reminded me of my very first job - shelving books on a bookmobile.

I grew up in a new development and the only libraries were in school. During summer vacation, the only place to get books was during the weekly visit from the bookmobile. I still remember the thrill of all those books -- with new ones every week. I still want to be part of the unexpected surprises and wonders of books you didn't even know you wanted. (this is similar to the inside of the book mobile I worked on). Stay tuned to see where we go with this idea.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

If it's January, it must be time for another blog post. That seems to be my routine.

This year, I'm fortunate to be visiting with my sister and her family in India. These first few days of my trip I've been struck by the universality of reading and books. It seems no matter who I talk with or where I'm at, books come up -- from the scientist sitting next to me on the plane who shared his favorite book (Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee and Oliver Sacks) and who was intrigued by my mention of The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean --  -- to a gentleman on yesterday's flight from Udaipur to New Delhi toting his hardback copy of Coolidge by Amity Shlaes.

It's been fun visiting the numerous bookstores featuring some very familiar titles (often with unfamiliar covers) as well as titles that I've never seen and that reflect the specific interests and geography of where we're at.  I've given out business cards to co-workers of my sister and her family who are thrilled to know we're in Arlington and plan to stop by or tell their friends about us.

With the varied authors who've visited the store, the discussions with customers and staff and books I've been fortunate to read, I feel that there's something that can connect me to almost everyone I meet - whether in Arlington, VA or India. And that is one of the many superpowers of books.

Monday, June 10, 2013

We have been so busy with the store that we've neglected to actually post anything about it.  So much has happened and there have been so many things to share, but we're woefully behind.

Since I haven't posted anything, let me share some posts from Lelia, one of our amazing staff members. I could only hope to be so clever and interesting. All of Lelia's pieces appeared on The Huffington Post: the blog

Adventures of a First Time BEA Attendee- Lelia ventures into the insanity of BookExpo America
 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Prepare to Be Seized by This Book
My Twelve-Year Love Affair With Survivor: Keeping the Excitement Alive After More Than a Decade Together - ok, it's not about a book, but fantastic

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Top 10 Books Sold in September 2012:
  1. Richard's Poor Almanac: 12 Months of Misinformation in Handy Cartoon Form by Richard Thompson
  2. Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart by Ilchi Lee
  3. Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger
  4. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  5. Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate by Stephanie Lucianovic
  6. Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck
  7. Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway
  8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  9. Telegraph Avenue: A Novel by Michael Chabon
  10. Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary

Monday, April 2, 2012

Our Top Books for March

Some favorites kept their place on their list while new ones were added.  I included a separate list for our events at the store since those dominate our top sales. 

Not surprisingly, the Hunger Games trilogy was strongly represented in our top sales.
** also a top seller February

Top Books Sold in March 2012 (non-event)
1.  Hunger Games**
2.  Catching Fire - Hunger Games Book 2
3.  Epic : The Story God Is Telling
4.  Tiger's Wife**
5.  Weird Sisters**
6.  Shadow Of The Wind
7.  House at Tyneford**
8.  F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers**
9.  Wife of the Gods
10.  Mockingjay - Hunger Games Book 3
11. Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Nove
12..  Pandemonium
13.  Oxford Picture Dictionary
14.  Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
15.  Heroine's Bookshelf
Top Books Sold in March 2012 at Events
1. Taker
2. I Don't Want to Be a Pea
3. The Clutter Book : When You Can't Let Go
4.  The Story of Beautiful Girl
5.  Playing With Fire : Pakistan at War with Itself
6.  Greatest Show : Stories
7.  School of Night
8.  Emily and Carlo
9.  Born Wicked                    
10. Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash ( Zapato Power #04 )
11.  Abigail Adams               
12.  Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (1)
13.  Right Here I See My Own Books
14.  The Girl Next Door
15.  Great Wall of Lucy Wu