Monday, March 14, 2011
Scent of the Missing, revisited
They've set a challenge for us at work. Each bookseller is to choose one book to handsell, and our goal is to sell 100 copies of the book we've chosen.
At first I had resistance to this challenge. I didn't like the idea of picking just ONE book. All sorts of different people come into the bookstore with all sorts of different interests and needs; no one book fits everyone.
And that is the challenge. What book could I whole-heartedly recommend, AND would be easy to bring up in conversation with customers?
Perhaps if people were asking about a subject or buying other books about the subject, then I could start a conversation...
Dogs! We rescued a dog in October (a Springer Spaniel named Shelby), so we've had dogs on the brain. And on our bookshelves.
From deciding to choose a book about dogs, it was easy to know which one I wanted to choose. I chose SCENT OF THE MISSING by Susannah Charleson. (see the blog post from last May...
Not only is it a fascinating insider's look at canine Search and Rescue, it is also a warm and wonderful book about her love for and the training of her dog. The subtitle of the book is "Love & Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog", which describes it perfectly.
I'm thinking that this is a good choice for the challenge at work. People buy lots of books about dogs...heartwarming stories about dogs, training books, books that tell us more about our pets. And dogs are good conversation starters with customers.
I'm hoping to introduce many people to SCENT OF THE MISSING.
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