February 6, 2017

One of the many pleasures of working in a bookstore is the opportunity to interact with readers and to have in-depth discussions about the books they've loved (or hated).  There are also times when I'm not involved in the conversation at all; rather, I'll overhear the...

January 3, 2017

As we plunge headfirst into the new year, we can only guess which authors and titles will reach the height of popularity over the next twelve months.  Some of the bestsellers will be from well-known authors, others may be first-time success stories.  And a hundred year...

December 5, 2016

When I was young I read a book called The Prince of Central Park by Evan H. Rhodes.  It told the story of a teenage runaway who ends up living in a tree in New York's Central Park.  It was an engaging young adult novel, and its themes and narrative voice have lingered...

October 23, 2016

This time of year, as the air cools and the scents of autumn remind us that the holiday season is fast approaching, increasing numbers of our customers are finding unexpected treasures, often exclaiming "This is the perfect gift!"  Most of them are not intending to acc...

August 7, 2016

It's the height of summer, and Guerneville has come alive.  The river has been revived by the winter rains, and the beaches, trails, and sidewalks are flush with locals and visitors alike.  From the Stumptown Daze Parade and Pride weekend to the Vineman triathlon and t...

July 10, 2016

Eons ago -- before phones were cameras, before "download" was a word, before "partner" and "resource" had become verbs -- people who liked to read joined book clubs.  These were not the "book clubs" as we've come to know them today: the group of friends who choose a ti...

May 22, 2016

 "Never judge a book by its cover."


Well, okay.  We've all heard this admonition, and I suppose I agree with it.  Except when I don't.  It's not that I would choose to read or reject a book solely based on its cover art, but I admittedly include the cover as an element...

May 6, 2016

 Recently I posted a picture on our store's Facebook page which ended up reaching nearly ten times the normal amount of readers.  The reason for its popularity?  It noted the birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the children's book character "Madeline."  The re...

April 18, 2016

I'm not sure how many movies in the history of filmmaking have been based on books -- thirty percent? fifty percent? -- but it's not surprising that movies often have source material in another medium. Most stories in this world are based on other stories. This leads t...

April 7, 2016

I love books.  That's the only way to describe my feelings about the experience of having, holding, and reading an actual, physical book.


I love an old hardback with an embossed leather cover.  You can feel the thought and care that went into the creation of a work of...

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