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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I just finished The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch, It’s a very “cozy” book about a couple who start a used bookstore from scratch–and in their actual home!– in the small Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The author and her husband started their book store with virtually nothing but a love of books and a desire to be a part of their new community, and the book tells the story of their successes, setbacks, challenges, and the many folks they meet along the way. Woven into all of that is information about how used books are valued, how store events affect the success of a bookstore, and the ongoing issue of how eReaders will affect bookstores as we know them today. If you’re a cat lover, the chapter on the couple’s resident bookstore cats is well worth reading the price of the book! If you’re looking for a comforting, relaxing read to get through these cold winter days, give this book a try!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I’m slowly making my way through The Most of Nora Ephron, a huge collection of essays, columns, blog entries, screenplays, and scripts. The book even includes the full text of her famous novel, Heartburn. I say “slowly” because I’m trying my best to truly savor these selections. I miss Nora Ephron’s voice tremendously since her death last year, and this collection reminds me why I appreciated her writing and her humor so much. I’m especially enjoying her longer pieces–her take on figures past and present in the women’s movement, her essays on restaurants, food, and famous chefs, and her moving memories of her rather turbulent family life. Her honest pieces about body image deserve mention as well. I’ll be sorry when I get to the end of this book.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
I have absolutely no idea! I’ve got a pile of contenders, but who knows what I’ll be in the mood for next?
How about you? Have you read either of these? What did you think? What are you reading this week? Please share!