The King's English by Betsy Burton is subtitled "Adventures of an Independent Bookseller." And, what adventures! Betsy writes with enthusiasm about the authors and books she has known and loved. She tells stories about visits from Isabel Allende, John Irving, Jack Prelutsky, Jan Brett, and numerous other authors. She's candid when she tells about her own faults when it comes to the bookselling business - her competitiveness, her struggles to find the right business partners, problems with the growth of chains. For those of us who love lists of books, she offers numerous lists of suggestions from her bookstore, The King's English, in Salt Lake City, as well as from other independent bookstores. As a librarian, who also buys books for love of the author or the book itself, I support her request. Buy from independent bookstores, and encourage the people who love books and love to share books. To those independent booksellers, it's more than a business. It's a passion.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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Splish, Splash, Splosh!: David Melling
Book: Splish, Splash, Splosh! Author: David Melling (@DavidMelling1) Pages: 22 Age Range: 2-5 Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling is a medium-sized boar...
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