Naturally folks who work at a bookstore are quite serious about reading. It comes with the territory and, with access to all those books and the need to be knowledgeable about those books, Northshire staff read a lot of them. I recently presented Bookstore staff with the question “What is the most profound book you’ve ever read?” The results were highly individualized with no overlap to speak of. Here are some of the picks, with another round to follow soon...
Many years ago, I sat on the futon of my very first apartment with my fiance (now wife) as one of her coworkers, Heather, fired up the DVD player and inserted a disc that would forever change the way I view comedy: Black Books.
Everyone loves to jam out every now and then. As our lives have gotten more and more digital over the years, music streaming has become as normal as turning on the FM radio and rolling the windows down to annoy those around you. There's nothing better than finding a great new artist who speaks to you, or even going back to a band you grew up with and falling in love all over again.
More than once I've been approached by a customer looking for a book for someone they know who is "going through a rough patch", or "really depressed". They usually ask for something to make them feel better, something to cheer them up, or something inspirational. I've even had a gruff customer who wanted "something to get them out of the house and to make something of their lives."
In some situations these may in fact be the correct books. But customers are usually surprised when I try to dissuade them from the bright-yellow-happy-inspiration-yay! book route.