Indie Booksellers: This is What We’re Up Against

Steven Rosenbaum’s bedside lamp broke so he bought a cheap replacement on Amazon.  The lamp wasn’t quite right so he returned it, became overwhelmed with the number of online choices, and decided to visit a store nearby for help.  The salesman at Lighting by Gregory finds the exact lamp Rosenbaum needs but alas, it’s out of stock and…

Becky Becomes “The Girl with the Pigeon Tattoo”

Here’s a fun fact about Mo Willems: he pronounces Knuffle Bunny “kuh-nuffle bunny,” exactly as a child would.  Here’s another: he purposely makes his characters easy for his 5-year-old fans to copy.  In other words, Mo knows what children like. When Mo visited Books & Books, Becky only had one other tattoo.  Thankfully it was from the…

Sherman Alexie Wrote This Just for Me

The first story in Sherman Alexie’s War Dances involves a guy who tragically, accidentally, kills an intruder – a black teenager who has never been in trouble with the law.  Right wing pundits praise him for his heroism, left wing pundits cry racial bias.  Sitting at home, watching live coverage of the intruder’s family holding a vigil,…

The Five Worst People in America: Language Edition

Folks love disrespect in list form.  Believe it or not, there’s an anti texting-while-driving portion at that link which prompted one Sweet Reader to write to her local newspaper offering $20 to anyone who caught her texting at the wheel in her Key Biscayne neighborhood.  The letter asked others to make the same pledge.  No…