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Amazon Bookstore: It’s Not Online!

23 Jun

While I was in Chicago last week, I visited the Amazon bookstore — a bricks-and-mortar store.   Amazon, the king of online purchasing, now has a storefront. How ironic!  The store was packed. There was a coffee shop –just like Barnes & Noble — and lots of books to browse. I also noticed all the Amazon tech products like Alexa and Kindle. It has a wide range of merchandise for all ages, including some toys. (Again, just like Barnes & Noble.)  Will this strategy work?

For sure, I will not give up my loyalty to independent bookstores, which are having a resurgence. Check out this article on Indie Bookstores. Authors Emma Straub, Ann Pachett, Jonathan Lehem, Jeff Kinney, Louise Erdich and Judy Blume all own bookstores. The New York Times featured a profile on the authors and their recent book suggestions here.

My favorite local bookstores are: Bookbeat in Oak Park, Mich., Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago, and East City Bookshop and Politics and Prose, both in D.C., Palm Beach Bookstore and Classic Bookshop, both in Palm Beach.

What’s your favorite independent bookstore?

 

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An Interesting Dinner Party

28 Feb

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If you’re looking for a fun and fast read, check out the The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz. I recently met Janowitz and heard her speak about the book. It’s about a family anticipating the upcoming Passover dinner; however, it can resonate for any family gathering. The story deals with an overbearing matriarch preparing to impress some guests who are wealthy and might possibly join the family as in-laws.

The relationships between the siblings and the parents are poignant and stressful. Forgiveness, disappointments and expectations unfold throughout the novel with a tender tone, but overall the book is laugh-out-loud funny.

 

Janowitz is as funny and endearing as her book. She left her high powered law career to become a novelist. It turned out to be a great choice.

 

Cuddle Up!

7 Nov

jpeg Meterologist Chuck Gadica visited Beaumont’s Children Hospital the other day to read to the children. He brought along his book “Tommy Starts Something Big.” In the book, Tommy’s bear is called Cuddles. Tommy realizes that Cuddles can bring happiness to others. He asks his Aunt Suzi to make more bears, so he can give the bear to special people who might need to cuddle. Gadica created the fun phrase “Cuddle Alert” to describe cold days and nights in his weather forecasts. He came with  Grace Centers of Hope who help needy children with their Hands of Hope Center.

Cuddle up all!

 

Soulful Books about Detroit

2 Aug
 HSDCORRECT
Writer Bill Morris shares his 10 Best Books about Detroit on the Daily Beast. Here is the link to his picks from Elmore Leonard to Phillip Levine to Loren Estleman.
Momentum Books, the book division of Hour Media LLC, publisher of the city magazine, Hour Detroit,  publishes books on the city too.
I have not read Heart Soul Detroit yet, but I know the author Jenny Risher is a talented photographer.

 

 

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