Meet our new bookseller, Alice!
The books I got in trouble for reading during class were mostly science fiction and fantasy, but since my college years I’ve been discovering the joys of science and history as well. My favorite books are still in the fantastical vein*, but I also love learning about how the world works and the environmental or historical reasons why things are the way they are.
When I’m not reading books I like to read the Food section of the paper and save new recipes, and sometimes I even mange to use them. I especially like when I can use herbs that I’ve grown myself, though keeping them alive has been something of a challenge for me. I do like plants, but they don’t always love me back. Whenever I feel the need to see some plants that have been properly cared for I love visiting the conservatory in Garfield Park or walking around in a neighborhood with lots of gardens. Looking at neighborhood architecture is fun too, but my favorite building in the city is the Cultural Center downtown, which used to be the main library. Free events, stained-glass domes, quotes about knowledge from languages around the world done in mosaics, what more could a girl want? Oh, right, books! Good thing I work in a bookstore.
*To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, a rom-com mystery with time-travel, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, a political thriller/murder-mystery that’s also a meditation on loss, fatherhood and chess, set in an alternate-universe where Jewish refugees were sent to Alaska instead of Israel after WWII.