I Love Books

The cutest book shelf in the world.
Claudia, the COOLEST babysitter ever

I think it goes without saying that if you work at a bookstore, you love books.  I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, ever since I was a young reader obsessed with Claudia Kishi, Wayside School, and writing in hieroglyphics. I keep almost every book I read and enjoy, and reread books quite often if I need to visit an old friend for awhile.

When I started working at BookPeople, my book obsession truly blossomed.  Time to start grabbing recommended reads from my friends. The Invisible Bridge, City of Thieves, and The Little Book would never have made it into my hands (and my heart) without my fellow booksellers.  Plus, our amazing event calendar allowed me to meet authors nearly every night of the week and get their books signed. Every time I look at my book shelf and see The Story of Forgetting, The Book of Lost Things, The Tiger’s Wife, or Giving by President Bill Clinton, I remember meeting these authors and talking with them about their books.

The President and I

If you are like me, then you understand this book mania.  Or, maybe you just know someone whose house is filled with bookshelves and who is always adding more to the mix. Let me give you some tools to help fuel your desire for books.

First off, talk to our staff.  We know what we’re doing! Yes, we can talk to you about the bestsellers on everyone’s lists.  From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help to Danielle Steel and James Patterson, we can totally help you out.  But, where we excel is putting books into your hands that you didn’t even know you wanted.  The staff at BookPeople is eclectic, and we read a lot of different things. We’re able to help you find a great book for your father who loves westerns and mysteries (The Cold Dish), your friend who is a book snob and reads things from small presses exclusively (Museum of the Weird), or for you who just wants a really cool new book (The Night Circus).

John Hodgman, signing away

BookPeople also has a TON of signed books.  We host authors all the time, and even if you can’t make it to the event, we typically have signed books on our shelves that you can find after they leave.  Right now, we’ve got signed books by Jeffrey Eugenides, Christopher Paolini, Chef John Besh, John Waters, Chuck Klosterman, Lidia Bastianich, and George Pelecanos.

To help those of you both love getting recommendations from our staff AND love signed books, let me direct you to the Signed First Club. Our staff works to choose a book each month to send out to members.  It’s a book we love, and one that we think you will too.  The books we send out to members are all signed, first editions, which are the most desirable for collectors.

Previous SFC selections include Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and even Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  To learn more about how you can become a member of the Signed First Club (or how you can give a membership as a gift), go here!

I hope I’ve helped to stoke the fires of your book desire.  Can’t wait to see you in BookPeople soon – let’s talk books!

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