In one of the earliest book stories, I described one of my main duties here as being like the scene in an old I Love Lucy TV show... Read More
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"Are you charging us to take these?" That was an unusual question. One that I don't recall ever hearing before. And it was October 2017. Not that I haven't been tempted to tell someone with dreadful books, "You'd have to pay me to take these... Read More
I never thought I'd own these books again. I'd selected many of them carefully over the years. Some were gifts chosen to inspire him or supplement a current subject which he had indicated was of interest to him. Some were simply his—left at home with... Read More
Some books tell stories in ways other than their contents. At Wonder Book, we used to rarely get copies of The Joy of Cooking in any condition. It was just a book that people would not give up. Now we are seeing more and more... Read More
I've made thousands of house calls over the years. Some have been memorably good. Some unforgettably bad. But there's almost always something good—even in the worst. The ones where I've gone away empty handed were often learning experiences. Those where the books turned out to... Read More
"I know where those came from!" We get thousands of anonymous boxes of books in the Wonder Book warehouse each week. Each of the three stores can do thirty or more "buys" each day. A "buy" can be a handful of books or a pickup... Read More
It was late 1997. I was visiting Allen and Pat Ahearn in their home and book business, Quill & Brush, in Rockville, Maryland. I'd first met them in the early 1980s at their Bethesda shop. My visits usually coincided with the monthly Waverly Book Auction... Read More