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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
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
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
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
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
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