Our bookseller of the month for June is Cheryl. Each month, we ask a staff member a few questions about their relationship with books, and reading in general. Below are Cheryl's responses.
1. What kind of reader are you?
I'm a very picky and impatient reader. If a book doesn't grab my attention within the first twenty pages I will most likely set it aside. As a child, I was an avid reader, but now I read mostly on my days off while I'm barbecuing and sipping on a cold beer. I've also been known to read in rush hour traffic. I figure if it's going to take me an hour to drive three miles, I should make good use of my time!
2. Name three favorite titles that came out in the last three years.
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman, and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. It was bittersweet when I finished the last pages of all of them . . . part of me wanted them to never end.
3. What reading experience surprised you recently?
The surprise wasn't so much the book as the circumstance. A regular customer got hooked on reading Julian Barnes after reading A Sense of an Ending. One day he came in and said he wanted to buy me Barnes' Pulse if I would read it. I said I would, and he bought me the book. I had never read Barnes before, and this collection of short stories was a great introduction.
4. What upcoming book are you looking forward to?
Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr. Imagine James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones hanging out in the South of France cooking and discussing food for an entire winter. It really happened! The author is the great-nephew of M.F.K. Fisher and he references conversations that were chronicled in her journals as well as some letters of hers that he discovered. Sounds like a fascinating foodie read!
5. If you could spend a day with one living author, who would it be and why?
Anthony Bourdain. No question about it. Spending a day with a man who is an intelligent, globe-trotting chef that likes his libations sounds pretty good to me. Can we spend the day in Spain?
Check out some of Mia's favorite books on her recommendation page.