During my 17 years as a bookseller, I’ve seen a lot of changes in the book business. When I started working at Lake Forest Book Store, there were no e-books . . . Borders was our biggest competitor . . . and no one in the United States had heard of J.K. Rowling. The book business has changed dramatically in many ways, but independent bookstores still do what they’ve always done — help readers choose books that will enthrall, delight, and surprise them. (Or maybe just help them find their way around Paris, or bake a perfect pie.)
Whenever I’m out and about in our small town, people ask me, “What are you reading?” “What’s the new hot book?”, and “What’s good on the table?”. Lake Forest Book Store — like all of my favorite bookstores — has big tables piled with new releases. Of course, when I’m asked these questions, I often draw a complete blank. So this blog is an attempt to answer those questions.
What’s on your table?