As a Supply Chain Management major, I have learned a lot about economics and this book right here taught me everything. No, not really, but most of what I have studied is right here and simplified. ALSO - Bookseller secret: We say our ABCs a LOT.
Two books I love, but would never have picked up. Kaelyn, who is a wiz in the kids section showed me THE RABBIT LISTENED by Cori Doerrfeld on one of her last days at the bookstore. The book tells how to best support a child going through grief or just having a bad day. It is a beautiful story for kids and adults to listen and hug.
CHIRRI & CHIRRA IN THE TALL GRASS by Kaya Doi was shown to me by my coworker Mark. While he's known for reading history books, specifically, he does have a soft spot for kids books. I fell in love with the art in these books (yes! it is part of a series!). These two girls, Chirri and Chirra, go on adventures under the sea, in the tall grass, around the neighborhood, and underground!
This is a book I would not have thought to read if the publisher hadn't sent it to me. I am not a romance book person, nor am I a regular watcher of The Bachelor/ette. But I am just SO grateful this book landed in my hands. This book is a celebration of the beauty and resilience of every woman who has been hurt by the negative social implication of not having a "perfect" body, and the protagonist, Bea, is the hero we've been waiting for. I especially loved that this book has a true, bona fide, not "stronger by herself", HAPPY ENDING! By the end of the book, it's all you want for Bea, and if you didn't know it already, you truly come to realize that you deserve one, too.
One of the best things about being a bookseller is having access to advanced caopies of soon-to-be-published books. Around Thanksgiving 2019, I found THE EIGHTH LIFE sitting on the break room table and immediately picked it up. It's a (mostly) female-narrated family saga that takes place in Georgia (the country) and charts the effects of empire, Soviet rule, and post-Soviet development on the lives of the Jashi family. I taught English in Russia for a year, and I visited Georgia on a mini-vacatoin. This book relieved some of the homesickness for the post-Soviet world that I'd been feeling since moving back to Memphis a few months prior. Although I would have found out about this book eventually, I am so fortuante to have been able to read it before it was published. Despite its length and far-flung locale, this book has something for everyone: family drama, illicit affairs, battle scenes, and even a hot chocolate recipe!