Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Last week, just before I started this month’s selection, This is Where I Leave You, one of our regulars (let’s call her A) told me that she hated the book. Very, very sexist! She couldn’t wait to hear what another regular (let’s call her B) would think. She would hate it!
I panicked. How did this happen? I read a lot of reviews. I was told time and again that I would love this book. I had been calling Tropper’s book, my #1 book of 2009 that I hadn’t read.
Then I saw B. She told me that at first she wasn’t sure why I had picked this book. But by the end, she decided it was the funniest book she’d read in years.
Now I really am sad that I’m not going—what a spirited discussion this would have been!
Tropper’s novel is actually his fifth, but Dutton really did a good job repositioning Tropper. I saw more than one comparison to Perotta. Now I want to contact the editor (Ben Sevier) and ask how he did it (yes, I know it was a team effort). It’s not really different in style or tone from several of my favorite writers, who hardly get the laurels that Tropper received.
Not that they aren’t totally deserved. The story is about Judd Foxman, who finds out his father (the sporting goods titan of Elmsbrook, New York) has died, just after his wife has left him for another man. The family descends (three two brothers and a sister) on Mom, armed with just about every childhood grievance (and dysfunction).
On Facebook, I mentioned that I ran into my ex-coworker Dan, who had just finished this and was reading Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End, while I had just finished Ferris and was reading the Tropper? It’s a surprising coincidence, but not totally, as they are two very, very funny books that are face out in the front of our store.
And one other connection—if Then We Came to the End is a literary variation of “The Office”, then Tropper’s current novel is, as Lisa Schwartzbaum suggests in her Entertainment Weekly review, the book equivalent of “Arrested Development.”
Lisa Schwartzbaum in Entertainment Weekly
"Tropper steadily ratchets up the multigenerational mayhem, often involving unwieldy lust or vociferous inter-sibling squabbling, with the calm authority of someone who knows his characters from deep within his kishkes — that's Yiddish for 'guts.'
In a wry domestic tone nicely akin to Tom Perrotta’s, Mr. Tropper goes on to introduce a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives.
Caroline See in the Washington Post
The Foxman brothers must become men, though, God knows, they don't want to. They want to remain hard-punching, dope-smoking, lighthearted pranksters, but life won't stand for that.
Tod Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times
There's nothing perfect here for the Foxmans -- a father dead and a son cuckolded, and that's just what can be revealed without spoiler -- and Tropper wisely lets these characters exist with -- and without -- dignity.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Yes, a Second Post on The Unnamed, Because 1) It's Almost in Paperback and 2) On my Book Club Selections and 3) We're Hosting Him on 9/26.
It was an exciting day for me to test my skills at presenting my new collection of titles, with a few sleepers carried over (The Tortoise and the Hare, Yarn) and a few titles from spring that seemed perfect for this club (Let the Great World Spin, Brooklyn).
One of the things you quickly learn is that what’s good for one book club might not be good for another. This club likes a background material and a challenge. They didn’t might reading something fat, like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, about which some groups will fuss. We discussed including Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, but an objection was raised that it might not work for them on this level. On the other hand, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (an easy read that nonetheless has a lot of meaty research available) was a big hit, but some of my other groups would scoff at that.
The big question is, how does the book club feel about books that might be divisive? What’s your feeling about a book you don’t like that nonetheless provides a good discussion? There are book clubs that are there to get the group to read outside their comfort zone, and book clubs that are there to get the group to read, period. And then there are book clubs where you don’t have to read, but that’s for another post.
I’ve been thinking about this as I discuss Joshua Ferris’ novel, The Unnamed, with groups, the story of a lawyer with a wife and daughter, pretty comfortable, in the midst of a case. Inexplicably, he finds himself wandering off, walking until he is beyond exhaustion. Physical or psychological, it seems to be a degenerative illness, and like any illness, it takes a terrible toll on his family.
Let’s just say this is not an easy book. It’s certainly not the playful but dark satire of Ferris’ first novel, Then We Came to the End, and yet, I see several connections with that novel, particularly in the way that work holds modern lives together and the loss of that work can lead to a terrible identity crisis.
Tod Goldberg, needless to say, a fan, called the book "accomplished and daring" and daring in this review in the Los Angeles Times.
And Juliet Lapidos makes the case as to why the two novels are ultimately tied together in her Slate article, posing that the two novels are ultimately about distraction.
So if you’re up for the challenge, consider The Unnamed, either for your book club discussion or just to read on your own. If you're tired of reading books that you can't remember ten mintues after you finish them, this is one that you're going to think about it for a while.
We’re hosting Joshua Ferris with Patrick Somerville at Boswell on Saturday, September 25th, at 2 PM. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that I have some things to say about Patrick Somerville’s The Cradle as well, which you can read on an earlier blog post.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Book Club Presentation (9/24) Guest Speaker Eric Puchner on the Present Vs. The Near Past for Setting Model Home
The fall list is totally updated, with only two titles repeated from spring. I left off the titles everybody is talking about, such as Little Bee and Cutting for Stone, and only carried over the two sleepers we’ve sold so well, Yarn and The Tortoise and the Hare.
Our launch event is our book club presentation and featured speaker Eric Puchner on Friday, September 24th, at 7 PM. Eric Puchner’s Model Home will be out in mid-September and I thought it was a wonderful book to feature.
It’s about a Milwaukee family who heads to the California desert to strike it rich in real estate, only to find their fortunes much altered. It’s a classic novel of family dysfunction, told through multiple perspectives in the family. Father Warren is hiding the massive debt, Mom Camille suspects an affair, oldest son Dustin finds elusive rebellion in the form of his girlfiend’s younger sister, while his sister Lyle is surreptitiously dating their planned community’s Mexican security guard. And the youngest son Jonas? He’s rather obsessed with death in general, and the fate of a missing neighborhood girl in particular. The situation is nothing less than a tinder box.
One of the things I noticed about Puchner’s novel is that he set the book not in the present, but in the near past, specifically the 1980’s. Aside from the autobiographical elements of many novels, I have my theories on why this is happening more often, and I asked Puchner to elaborate on his setting.
"Apart from being a time I know well and feel personal affection for (yes, affection!), I thought it would be interesting to re-examine a time when people still to a large extent believed in the American dream - the California version, in particular - and its seductive power. And though I wrote the book before the full brunt of the financial meltdown, I wanted to show how there's been a confusion between the American dream and the mercenary spirit for a long time, and that things we think of as being unique to the 21st century - reckless real estate markets, debt-smitten consumerism, etc. - have been in place and brewing for a long time. I'm also interested in the rise of the exurbs and the gated community, both of which occurred in the eighties, and by what these things have done to our sense of community: I'm fascinated by what started to happen to the American lifestyle and the sacrifices we decided to make - commute two hours to work, live in a place inhospitable to human life - to be homeowners. The second half of the book is set in a deserted bedroom community in the Mojave desert, which seems perfectly emblematic to me of all this.
"From a purely selfish standpoint, I wanted to write about adolescents in a way that felt true to my own experience. I don't have a Facebook account (yet) and have never touched a Nintendo Wii, and so I wouldn't be able to write about a teenager in 2010 without doing tons of research. (There was already plenty of research to tackle for the book.) Teenagers these days spend half their lives online: it seems to me that this is a major ontological shift, one that's going to be a challenge for fiction writers in the decades to come. But I also wanted to show, in some important ways, that teenagers haven't changed at all, that all the cries of alarm about the end of adolescent innocence aren't overblown so much as moot. In my experience, at least, childhood innocence was well in to its death throes by the time the eighties rolled around."
Thanks, Eric. We’re looking to hearing more about Model Home on September 24th!
To me, technology is playing havoc with classic fiction writing, and that’s not just through ebook readers. In addition to many writers setting what I’d call contemporary novels in the past, I think the technological challenges lead to more folks looking at speculative writing, where they can adapt reality to suit the needs of their storytelling. Perhaps their alternative world has more technology. Often, especially with the explosion of dystopian tales, they have less. I wonder what 20-something writers are thinking about this. Time for me to check out some writers’ blogs.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It's on sale today!
We have our largest amount of holds on this book since The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Now we have high expectations for Freedom, but our holds on Franzen's novel pale in comparison.
Really, we are excited about Freedom! Here's Conrad's rec on the new book:
No one writes about dysfunctional families and individuals better than Jonathan Franzen. The struggle to achieve personal independence and identity–battling the constraints of family, friends, lovers, society, and the unrealistic expectations (both our own and other people's for us) that map our lives- is explored with hilarious results in this splendid new novel. If you liked The Corrections, you'll love this!
Back to the Hunger Games trilogy and Mockingjay. Another book on sale today is the paperback release of Maze Runner, the first book in the Maze Runner trilogy. A lot of booksellers are highly recommending James Dashner's series to folks who like Suzanne Collins. Book two in that series, The Scorch Trials, goes on sale October 12th, and we're having an event with Dashner at Boswell on Friday, October 15th.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Spirits Infuse Joseph Skibell's Wonderful New Novel, A Curable Romantic, Coming for JCC Preview Night, Monday, October 11th
There was one book in between (which I admit I didn’t read), but now, after many years, is a fitting follow up. A Curable Romantic has just arrived in stores, and is one of those books that you keep talking about long after it’s over. It start in 1890’s Vienna, where Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn (check spelling) is an optometrist, helping Austrians fake eye exams to get government aid.
He falls for a young woman from afar at the opera; she’s in the company of Sigmund Freud, and Jakob decides to befriend Freud to get to Emma. But Emma is not just a family friend of Freud’s, but a patient. Maybe she’s a hysteric, but maybe she’s possessed by a dybbuk, and not just any dybbuk, but one connected to Jakob’s dark past.
The story careens through the Esperanto movement and into the Warsaw ghetto, like spirits jumping from body to body. The writing is masterful, but the plot is not for the lazy, as Skibell raises as many questions as he answers. Did it matter to me that I had to read chunks of the book twice? No, it made it better. And did I care that the language was peppered with Hebrew lettering and Esperanto dialog? No, it was mesmerizing, as were the juggling balls of philosophy, theology, and politics that careen through the novel.
There’s a Chabon-like chaos to the story, as well as a similar attraction to traditional Jewish imagery, though not so much with the intense male bonding. Now I did have one old coworker and current customer, Tom, who stopped me when I said Chabon. He said, “That’s not going to sell me the book.” Yes, but I play the odds, and I’m more likely to find folks who are attracted to this comparison. Plus, I think it’s a fair one.
And yes, Joseph Skibell is coming to the store, on Monday, October 11th. It’s a JCC preview night, for the Jewish Book and Culture Fair that is going on through November. It’s a great lineup of authors, headlined by the great Myla Goldberg.
Monday, October 11th a shopping night for the JCC, as you can designate a 10% of your purchases to go back to the JCC, instead of your normal Boswell Benefits. And I’m honored to have Jody Hirsh, Judaic Education Director of the JCC and also a big fan of A Curable Romantic, introducing Mr. Skibell.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I think our customers have figured out that it's not unusual for a book on the front page of the New York Times Book Review to go on sale the following Tuesday. If they are one of my customers from the East Side of Milwaukee or Shorewood, it's usually not an issue. At the same time, I have regular customers from Fox Bay, Brookfield, Oak Creek, and Waukesha**. Many of them are regularly good customers, but I don't usually get the chance to bring them back in less than a week. We do a little Ingram-direct-to-home, and we have a few customers that build up to $50 (after which we don't charge frieight***)
The trick is trying to convey the difference between firm on sale, soft on sale, and who-knows-when on sale. And even we get a little confused when publishers mix firm on sale and soft on sale in the same box. Last week we had a customer trying to get our copies out of the back room of The Power (the follow-up to The Secret). Fortunately we didn't have it, so I didn't have to hear a bookseller say, "We have it but we're not selling it to you." So much easier to say, "We don't have it."
Nowadays, most of the publishers let you know within a day or two when you should be getting your new books, that is, if you keep track of all the scheduling changes. I used to try, but that's one thing that's harder for a small store to do. And for smaller publishers, we often have no idea. They designate a pub date, and usually keep to it, as they adjust shipping dates over what can be a two-month window. In the old days, I remember books that would have a February pub date that would ship in November to get the Christmas sales. Now most larger publishers will let you know if it's been moved up (or you can check one of several websites) but for less-than-lead-titles from smaller publishers, we often just don't know. They're usually working like us, a little tight on staff and resources for what they want to do, so it's just a happy, old-fashioned surprise when the book comes in. And you know something? I like that.
*Conrad read Freedom and loved it. Everything's in place for Franzen's follow up to to The Corrections to be a huge hit. Isn't that nice when that happens to a literary novel?
**Yes, I know I have wonderful customers from other wonderful neighborhoods of Milwaukee and its suburbs. Gauge how hard it is to come back by how close or far it is from the listed locations. And for another post, why is it so hard for some people, and so easy for others?
**If you are sending books from a bookstore you like to your home, please consider sending it to your work address. It saves us a substantial amount of money. Of course I wouldn't put How to Quit Your Job on that order.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I Need to Take a Train 100 Miles to Buy Gift Items from a Vendor that was an Elevator Away for 12 Years
Monday, August 16, 2010
We also hosted our discussion with Marilyn McKnight last Sunday. We had a solid group of folks turn out, and while it was going on, one of our upcoming authors who was dropping off his books and had suggested we do more events where there isn't an actual book involved looked over and said, "Like that. That's what I meant."
But the real excitement of the weekend was a visit from Prairie Lights buyer Paul Ingram and his wife Ellen. They were in town to see the Winterthur quilt show at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and couldn't resist the short drive up the lake to see Boswell. We had a great time wandering around the store, trading recommendations, and sometimes vehemently disagreeing.
No revelations here on those--my code of conduct among booksellers is that you never tell the public when another bookseller confesses a dislike for the book. That's for that bookseller to make public.
Here's the really great thing about the visit. Paul knew not one, but four separate customers who were in the store over the course of his visit, and they weren't even in a group together. L. came up to the desk with a pile of Paul's recommendations. She was so excited that he was now working with us; I didn't have the heart to tell her he was just visiting and couldn't help himself.
Here's his blog, Paul's Corner. His new post is about the movie release of Winter's Bone, a book he loves, loves, loves! We of course like the original jacket better, but here's the tie-in cover.
And here's his video recommendations of new hardcovers!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I have two similar stories about a journal that was a dud, and a toy lace-up shoe. Modest sticker, three copies of each sold through in weeks.
In my first year, I made big markdown signs, advertising 25-75% off. I added stickers to the items. I sold items at "garage sales." But when I've found is that a very subtle sticker indicating the markdown, with the item pretty much mixed in among our regular product, clears out merchandise without making the store look cheap.
Now we went a little more aggressive (don't worry--it should all fit on two book-filled tables) on fall holiday stuff this year (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and particularly Christmas) so I will have to markdown the leftovers, but I'm hoping I bought smart enough that it's not too much. If it doesn't work, we'll retrench next year.
Here's the take-away for my customers. Just because there's not a big sale sign up doesn't mean the price isn't good. You never know. And how this becomes a more interesting post--reading a few behavioral psychology posts makes me consider that some folks use a different part of their brain when shopping for books with us as opposed to gift items.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The court hearings. The buyout offers. The changing merchandise mix.
Are we worried about the future? Of course we are. I've been worried since the first B&N opened down the street from our the Brookfield Schwartz store in the early nineties. Heck, I was worried when Audubon Court shocked the system of the Book Nook in Whitefish Bay in the late eighties (It was a great store and we are friends with lots of the folks from there, but at the time, it was our competitor, and you know how I worry about that).
And when Amazon started growing. And when Costco opened. And when Target dramatically expanded its book section. And when Schwartz closed. And when Soaps and Scents closed on the next block. (But I am still loyal to Karen's store at Mayfair. How could I not be? It's wonderful. Here's another weird voting site with her details. Did I mention she's a fan of North Point Historic Districts).Yes, we're finally back in stock on North Point Historic Districts. How's that for a detour?
This is why I don't worry about the big picture. I sweat the small stuff. Today we were ordering from Tag for Christmas and we had to decide how much to go into tabletop. Magnets? Yes. Ornaments? I've been talked into them, and we probably need a better tree this year. Candles? OK, but not scented. Silly dishes and mugs? Well, only if we really, really like them. Dish towels? I had to keep them out of the store because two of my booksellers got a little freaky on me about that.
How can you worry about ebooks destroying the culture of indie bookstores when you're busy worrying about magnets?
There's a conversation going on, but I can't bring myself to join in. Coward? Breaking relationships? One of my ok customers is now using an ebook reader in the coffee shop next door. How would I feel if he used one here? As it is, customers (in quotes) bring in library books and read here. Other folks grab a pile of books and make lists and leave. Those lists are often using cell phone apps nowadays. It still leaves a pile of books to reshelve, and sometimes a coffee stain.
I could have whiney signs up, but as a customer, they just make me uncomfortable.
Oh, and the website's shopping cart is still unfinished. Not that we'd be selling piles of ebooks if it was working correctly.
For the record, it behooves me as an indie bookseller to link you to the Regulator Bookshop's great blog piece, "Five things Jeff Bezos doesn't want you to know about the Kindle." The Regulator is a great bookstore in Durham, North Carolina. Here's their website.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
But buzz on the first book doesn't always mean the second will do even better. For every Middlesex, you can think of dozens where the second was much quieter. In my youth, every music fan knows about second album syndrome, but now I'd say most fans don't know about albums, making the comparison rather meaningless.
I'm told that Clinch's new novel, Kings of the Earth, more than satisfies the promise of Finn. Carl, our fan on staff called this "An amazing gothic story for a new master." The story of the Proctor Brothers is based on the true-life Ward Brothers, whose story was documented in the film, "Brother's Keeper." Carl recently told Jason that it's been a tough sell, but that doesn't mean the book isn't great or that readers won't come back to thank Carl when they take his advice. (And don't I know. It hasn't been easy to sell our 31 copies of Day for Night, but I've had no end of folks come back and tell me how much they loved it afterwards.)
Apparently, this is the kind of book that also generates great passion. Today I talked to none other than Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife, who told me how much he loved the book.
Here's a quote from Goolrick's Washington Post review:
"To say that this novel brings others to mind is not to denigrate it. It recalls the finest work of John Gardner, and Bruce Chatwin's On the Black Hill another exploration of the bonds between brothers that go unspoken but never unexamined. Kings of the Earth becomes a story that is not told but lived, a cry from the heart of the heart of the country, in William Gass's phrase, unsentimental but deeply felt, unschooled but never less than lucid. Never mawkish, Clinch's voice never fails to elucidate and, finally, to forgive, even as it mourns."
There are books I write recs for that I like ok and there are books I write recs for that I love, love, love. The same is true for reviewers. Goolrick's obviously in the latter category on this one. Read the rest of the review here.
I congratulated Goolrick on his continued success (it had just popped onto The New York Times bestseller list in paperback when we had his event last winter) and he told me its great performance has led to some interesting rights sales. Can you imagine A Reliable Wife published in Turkey and Indonesia? Well, it's happening.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I spotted another vendor at the gift show, Night Owl, that I hadn't seen around much, and we decided to bring in their letterpress cards as well. I was just telling our friend Angie as she bought the cherry card that this was my favorite. We brought in several of their cards with decorative wooden buttons. But the real wood star goes to the journals. We brought in the panda journal, with fir covers, the pup journal made of walnut, and the foxy fungi journal, sheathed in birch. All three have been deemed "cute" by my panel of gift experts.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Our top ten hardcover kids books:
1. It's a Book, by Lane Smith
2. Lego Star Wars Visual Dictinary, from DK
3. How Rocket Learned to Read, by Tad Hills
4. The Shadows (Book of Elsewhere, volume 1), by Jacqueline West
5. Bright Baby First Words, from Priddy
6. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
7. Skyclan's Destiny (Warriors Super), by Erin Hunter
8. Dog Loves Books, by Louise Yates
9. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephenie Meyer
10. Catching Fire (Hunger Games), by Suzanne Collins
Now I know we've written about these books before (at least twice), but it's interesting to me that It's a Book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and Dog Loves Books all came out this year. It's not surprising to me that we like them, nor that they are selling, but why now?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Reading Plenty for the Eat Local Book Discussion, Failing Miserably, and Then Experiencing the Real Thing in Little Rock
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The book is organized by chronologically, but also by subject. I'm sure there's a tendency to be a little Madison-centric (The Historical Society's home base). I also find a lot of state books (like the state, sometimes) tend to be a little negative about Milwaukee. I thought Janik's book was quite balanced.
There are a lot of positives with being a short history. I wasn't intimidated about reading it, for example. On the other hand, there were some things I wish had been included. There are several mentions of Allis-Chalmers (which makes sense, as it was the largest company in the Milwaukee area) and Case, but Hamilton Beach, the Racine company that decamped to North Carolina years ago? Why them and not Oster or West Bend? Where's Kohler, a strong influence on the state? And a talk about Wisconsin baseball without mentioning some of the minor league teams? I would have been more Madison-centric in this case and mentioned the Muskies.
In the spirit of Mr. W. (who loves this kind of thing), let's all read the book ahead of time and bombard Ms. Janik with what was missing. She'll love that!
Just kidding of course. This book is terrific for any resident who didn't grow up here and have a local history course in grade school. I myself had the New York course, including a special section on Queens. We were taught that Flushing was named after the Dutch town Vlissingen, but apparently, that is now in dispute.
Here's a short quiz, based on things I learned in A Short History of Wisconsin.
1. What metals were mined in Wisconsin enough to be substantial industries?
2. In the early years, Wisconsin was the second largest producer of automobiles outside of Michigan. Which car companies were based here?
3. Which environmentalists had ties to Wisconsin?
a. Rachel Carson
b. Al Gore
c. Increase Lapham
d. Aldo Leopold
e. John Muir
See if you can take it without resorting to internet searches!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The book’s been in my to-be-read pile since it came out in the spring, but there’s nothing like an event booking to send a book to the top of the pile. And what a story it is—Skloot tells the story of Lacks’ cancer cells while also telling the story of Lacks’ family, and how they were left behind in the profits made from the cell cultivation.
It's an amazing story, and if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.
Want to see a video? Here's Skloot discussing the book with Tavis Smiley on PBS. And for a different take, here she is on The Colbert Report. Just a correction, her next book is on leeches, not this one.
If you read the book, one question you might have is whether Skloot started the educational foundation she proposed during the narrative. Well, she did. Here's a link on the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, providing educational scholarships and help with healthcare costs to the descendants of Lacks. And yes, Skloot is donating a portion of the proceeds of the book to this effor.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
All in all, the group liked The Little Stranger by about 3 to 1, though there were certainly several attendees who might have cut 100 pages. We liked the look at the class system in England and how the almost feudal nature of England persisted until after World War II, much longer than several of us imagined.
There was some interesting thoughts on repressed sexuality, and of course, how can you discuss a book that Stephen King called his favorite of 2009 without analyzing its supernatural elements. Our crowd is a little on the rational side (for the most part), so it would be interesting to hear a book discussion where most of the attendees favored explanations from the other side.
Like many books we read, this one seemed to be filled with homages to past works, particularly The Turn of the Screw and The Fall of the House of Usher. Nancy could not attend, but she sent me an interesting email filled with insights. And since she is our resident expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald, she illuminated the Fitzgerald connections as well.
I expected at least one of the Carolines to recognize Caroline as the hero, but no, that duty was left to me and Chris. I thought everyone would agree with me that she was the most sympathetic character, but it turned out not to be the case.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Well, we just happen to have a nice collection of books on Boswell (not for sale) and though we had Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica, and France, we were missing the volume Cole discovered!
Thank you, Cole for such a thoughtful gift.
Look for an upcoming post in The Boswellians about Stacie’s collection.