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Around the Bookstore: Get caught reading

As I write, the day is gray, again, promising rain, again. Everyone is scurrying around, pressure building, racing to beat the clock. May is upon us — vacationers will follow. Luckily for me, BTB, Behind...

Around the Bookstore: On vacation

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A monger, according to the Oxford dictionary, is a word “denoting a dealer or trader in a specified commodity,” such as a fishmonger. When I became the manager of Edgartown Books, my godson Paul started...

Around the bookstore

Watching the Christmas decorations come down on Main Street in Edgartown caused a sigh to slip out; it always seems they come down a week too soon — but that’s me, someone who’d like...

Around the Bookstore: Gift-giving

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It is with disbelief, almost absolute, I realize we are facing the holidays, or, as I often joke in notes to friends, the Holidaze. Somehow, 2023 has disappeared into the record books, and in...

Around the Bookstore

It is unbelievably October, another month slipped away in what seems a headlong race toward the holidays. It is quieter, the summer throngs gone, the September hangers-on departed, back to homes in Boston, D.C.,...

Around the bookstore

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One day, just a moment ago, it was Memorial Day weekend. It seemed God turned on the spigot and people flowed into the streets all over the Vineyard. Then I blinked, it was the Fourth...

Around the Bookstore

In June 2020, I became manager and book buyer for Edgartown Books. The immediate challenge was to fill the shelves as we reopened post-COVID, and to make sense of the needs of the bookstore...

Around the Bookstore: The classics are worth revisiting

In the morning and evening, when I go upstairs to turn on or off the lights at the bookstore, I pass our Classics section, which has probably doubled since I became the book buyer...

Around the Bookstore: Oprah’s 100th pick

For many authors, being named as the choice for Oprah’s Book Club is akin to winning an Oscar — a validation, a burst of authorial stardust in a literary career. Since 1996, Oprah has...

Around the Bookstore: Author Maggie O’Farrell

A few days ago, a customer asked for a recommendation for a good historical novel; I asked whether she had read either “Hamnet” or “The Marriage Portrait” by Maggie O’Farrell. She had read neither,...

Around the Bookstore: ‘Pineapple Street’

Debuting this week at No. 5 on the NY Times Hardcover Best Seller list is “Pineapple Street,” a first-time book by Jenny Jackson, set amongst the uber-wealthy in Brooklyn Heights (I know, Brooklyn Heights?). It...