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The brunch crowd was really into Fifty Shades of Grey, which was awesome because it brought new people into the store. And a ton of our regulars read it as well—that book just skipped right across demographics like they didn't even exist.
What's your all time favorite book?
I don't know how anyone can pick just one, honestly, but at the top of the list is Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World. Very few people could pull of an apocalypse novel in which the weapons hinge on a philosophical concept (and which also includes ninjas), and yet he somehow managed it.
All time favorite Brooklyn book:
I really loved Haley Tanner's book Vaclav & Lena, which counts twice— it takes place in Brooklyn and she lives near the store.
Are you a writer? If not, do you have a side gig besides the bookstore?
Nope, I'm a born reader/recommender. I do some freelance (mostly data entry and book reviews) as well.
The relationship of cats to bookstores: discuss.
Cats and bookstores have a long history. On the one hand, a lot of people expect it. It's part of that stereotype of the bookstore as cozy and stuffed with books. On the other hand, a lot of people are allergic. I once worked for a bookstore that had been open for over 30 years. In the first 10 years of being open, they had a cat. After that cat died, they never got a new one, but a decade later people still would say "Oh, I can't go there, they have a cat." We were pretty sure the dander was all gone by that point, though.