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Tolkein’s Letters from Father Christmas

One of the best parts of my job is introducing customers to treasures that they’ve never heard about before. At the holidays, my favorite “I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this” book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Father Christmas. Yes, that Tolkien — the man who brought us hobbits and elves in Lord […]

On the Bookseller’s Bookshelf: The Marriage Plot

Although I think the book is beautiful (that font!), I have to say that the title and cover art of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot is making it a bit of a tough sell for customers, who seem to think it’s chick lit. But this book isn’t candy-coated wish-fulfillment fiction […]

On the Bookseller’s Bookshelf: The Family Fang

The Family Fang is not a vampire book. (I’m not sure if it’s awesome or sad that vampire literature is so popular that I have to start that way.) It’s a novel about Caleb and Camille Fang, famous performance artists who involve their children, Annie and Buster (Child A and […]