Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As I was setting up my shot, Debbie (who turned out to be the owner) came over and I said, "I know you want to hear the story about why I'm doing this" and she said, "Yes, I do." So I'm discussing how cool it is to see Carol's past and present on one bookshelf, and she (Debbie) seems unusually knowlegeable about the whole thing.
And yes, Debbie's from Milwaukee. I know this is not unusual--Amie just went to Boston and started talking to someone in a hardware store who not only turned out to be a metropolitan Cream Citier, but also was leaving the next day to vacation in the small town where Amie's grandmother lives. But still, it was the first person I talked to on the trip where I had any sort of conversation except "I'm checking in and here is my credit card."
And to be precise, our new bookselling friend is from West Allis, where I had just been the day previously, bringing posters and a copy of The Unwanteds to the West Allis Library, who is hosting Lisa McMann with us on Thursday, September 22, 4 pm. Catch all our library events on this earlier post, why don't you?
And what Debbie didn't tell me is that she took over the business only a year and a half ago; it was previously the larger Twice Sold Tales. She cleaned the place up, curated the selection, and added some low-key but friendly and knowledgeable service; her reviews on various websites are deservedly enthusiastic about the whole thing. I think one person said, I'll cross town to shop at Mercer Street Books, now the best used bookstore in Seattle. I paraphrase, but still.
That's a whole lotta rebirthing going on. I guess that happens to all these midwesterners in the great northwest. But don't worry, I'm not moving here.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 6:00 AM