Author Archives: Erika

About Erika

Owner of RoscoeBooks! East Coast transplant, now a happy Chicagoan. Toddler mom, sometime runner, home cook, and fan of all things bookish.

Adios, 2015: My Year in Review

There’s no question that 2015 has been an amazing year for avid readers, booksellers, and the entire book industry. But even in a twelve-month period as jam-packed with literary goodness as this one was, it’s natural that a few personal … Continue reading

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Books I’ve Loved: the Pleasant Surprises Edition

One of the unexpected pleasures of being a bookseller is the opportunity (or, more accurately, the imperative) to read books that I might not otherwise have picked up. Given the sheer number of new books that come out each week, … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

Well, here we are…it’s hard to believe, but we’ve arrived at the unofficial dog days of summer. July is a thing of the past, Chicago is finally enjoying a sustained stretch of near-90-degree days, and there’s a sense that nearly … Continue reading

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Erika Reads…Sarai Walker’s Dietland

Sometime in January, after the rush of the holidays had ended and my focus turned toward the upcoming spring season, I received a book in the mail. It was an advance review copy of Dietland, Sarai Walker’s debut novel, sent … Continue reading

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Six Months!

Upon unlocking the front door and walking into RoscoeBooks last Thursday morning, I had two thoughts. My first thought was, “Whoa, the back room looks surprisingly clean today. Hooray!” My second thought was, “Hey, my bookstore has been open for … Continue reading

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Beyond “Goodnight Moon:” Caroline’s Picks!

Walk into any young child’s bedroom, anywhere in America, and you will inevitably see a collection of little-kid books that includes what I think of as The Staples. You know the ones: Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, Guess How Much … Continue reading

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Erika Reads…M.O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away

Why do some memories, both good and bad, stay with us for years, and ultimately become defining beacons in our childhoods? And how much bearing do our adolescent selves have on the adults we turn out to be? M.O. Walsh’s … Continue reading

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