Thursday, April 25, 2013

Customers 38

A woman, maybe 60's, short greying brown hair, wearing a short sleeved beige sweater with gold yarn in it, asked for help with her Nook account. I was able to answer her question. She then asked for the Nook covers, as her Nook cover was getting pretty beat up.

"They are right over here," I said, "and all of them for your device are on sale for $15, which is great. Some of them were pretty spendy."

"Oh, that is great!", she said, "I'll have to look at them and see which one I want!"

I left her looking at the covers.

About fifteen minutes later she came up to the counter with a Nook cover in a case.

"Looks like you found one," I said.

"I did. I have breast cancer and look at the one I found!" She showed me the cover, a pink leather cover with a breast cancer ribbon design on the front. "It's perfect!", she said. "I just came from a chemo appointment and this is just the thing! And you helped me with my account!" She was smiling. "This just makes my day!"

"I'm so glad," I said, ringing up her purchase. "Take care."

"I will! Thank you so much!"


A man, 30's, dark hair and a moustache, wearing a cammo baseball cap and a light brown t-shirt, brought TRIDENT K9 WARRIORSicon to the counter to purchase...


"Oh, I've been looking at that, it really looks interesting," I said.

"I used to work with dogs in the Army," he said, "I was in bomb disposal for, let's see, ten years. I read a little bit of this," he said, pointing to the book, "and he seems to have gotten it right. I'm looking forward to reading it."

"That's good to know," I said.

"How many dogs did you get to work with?", I asked.

"Luckily, just one. Lots of other guys worked with a lot of dogs. You know, a lot of them don't make it in that kind of work." He looked sad.

"Ah. Right," I said, thinking how hard that must have been.

I wish I'd asked him the name of the dog.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Notes on Some Books

These are some of the books I've been reading this year...


THY NEIGHBORicon is Norah Vincent's first foray into fiction. Nick narrates. He is living his parents' house; his parents, who were killed. Nick spies on his neighbors and learns much about them...and himself. Dark and twisted. A good read.

Chosen as an Oprah pick, Mathis skilfully tells Hattie's story through her children. Not always an easy book to read, it is well done.

THE DEATH OF BEESicon by Lisa O'Donnell
Two girls live on their own and their parents are nowhere to be found. Where are they? How are the girls going to manage? Is their neighbor someone to be trusted? This, while also a little dark, is a very good read.

CALLING DR. LAURAicon by Nicole J. Georges
In this graphic memoir, Nicole Georges illustrates some of her life - developing relationships, coming to a (sort of) understanding with her mother about her sexual orientation, and...calling Dr. Laura. Really well done, and I love that she lives in Portland!

11/22/63icon by Stephen King
Life turns on a dime. Indeed it does. Jake, a teacher in a small Maine town, is shown a time travel portal to the past by his friend, Al. Can he go back and change history? Should he? I really liked how King spun the idea of time travel and the ramifications of changing the past.

UNSAIDicon by Neil Abramson
"If you have ever loved an animal, this book is for you." This is the blurb I wrote for this book at the bookstore where I work. Yes, it's a novel, and it, more than I think any other book I've read, beautifully expresses the love and connection we have with animals. Really wonderful. Look for a longer review for this book on the blog.

READY PLAYER ONEicon by Ernest Cline
Set in the future, video games have evolved. OASIS is the name of the game, and Wade, a high school student, has immersed himself in the game. More than just a simulation, the creator of the game has set up a contest. Whoever finds the easter egg in the game by following his clues, wins his entire fortune. This book was really fun, while also recognizing the inherent dangers of immersion in an artificial reality. Lots of great pop culture references!

LIFE AFTER LIFEicon by Kate Atkinson
I'm in the middle of reading this one. Ursula Todd is born...and dies. And is born, and dies. In Life After Life, we see Ursula's many different lives. I am interested to see how it all plays out!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

April (Free!) Book Giveaway!

It's time for the April Book Giveaway contest!

First I need to tell you what's going on. There was only one entry for March's Book Giveaway. Just one! With only one entry, I decided not to have the contest for March.

So here's what's happening this month. April's book giveaway will happen as long as there are at least 5 (five) new entries for this month's contest. By "new entries", I mean entries of people who have not won before. (If you have won before, you can still enter and potentially win, there just needs to be - at least! - five new entries for the contest to take place!)

Like in previous months, you get to choose which book you'd like to receive! The only requirement is that the book you choose has to have been mentioned at some point on this blog.

To enter the giveaway:
1. Look through the blog and find a book that you'd like to receive.
(Hint: the blog started in January 2010. At the end of each year, or beginning of a year, I list all the books I read that year. Scanning one of the annual lists to find a book you'd like might be easier than reading through each blog post, as illuminating and fascinating as that might be!)

2. Add a comment here on the blog that includes your name and the title of the book you've chosen. Entries will not be received through the blog's facebook page.

3. Enter by the end of the day, Thursday April 18, 2013.
        That's it!

I will number the comments and randomly pick a number with a random number generator. I will send messages to the winner and that winner will have five days to respond. If that person doesn't respond, I’ll pick another number. Once I have a confirmed winner, I will get their shipping addresses via email or private message and send them the book they've chosen!*

*Note: I don't want you to put your personal contact information in the blog's comment space. This is protect you. However, you will need to enable your preferences so you see additional comments on the blog, or be sure to check back on the blog or the facebook page to see if you've won!

Entries for the giveaway need to be comments to this blog post. If you'd like to send a private message that is not an entry, do so via email: 2of3Rs(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or through a private message through the blog's facebook page, NOT The New York Times Book Review.

Thanks and good luck!