"My husband has been after me to retire for years," she says with a smile. BB: Right — I didn't start this business until my mid to late forties."But I've been having too much fun." Offering a reporter a comfy green rocking chair in the middle of the store, Brown explains that her age, coupled with a slowdown in sales, pointed unambiguously toward retirement. She wishes she'd started in the used-book business a little earlier in life. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom, and also worked part-time in a lingerie store on Church Street. I consider myself to be a straightforward person in most aspects of my life, but especially when it comes to dating (or not dating, as the case may be).The thing is, I’ve been on the other end of the equation far too many times to ever be cavalier about another person’s feelings. Unfortunately, your browser doesn't accept cookies, which limits how good an experience we can provide. Everyone knows what it feel like to date a bookworm.Caroline Kepnes's second book, Hidden Bodies has just released. (my review) You introduced us to Joe, a sociopathic, narcissistic bookseller who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams. I must admit, that plots involving stars, movies, Hollywood etc. A big part of Joe's life revolves around his sex life. (His words not mine) His detailed sexual escapades, exploits and fantasies lost the sense of shock or effect with so much repetition.
I think people, more than anything, just want certainty. Any conversation where there’s a chance of hurting the other person’s feelings is bound to be awkward.
SD: What's been your favorite thing about owning and operating this shop? Valerie [gesturing toward a customer] has been a customer since 1986. I have people from '83 who still come in regularly.
SD: You mention that business has slowed — by how much, roughly?
"You don't go to a party empty-handed and my reusable Pantry bag is stuffed with rope, my Rachael Ray knife, rubber gloves, plastic bags, duct tape, and Percocets from Dez." ...I slowly found my attention wandering as the book progressed. I already knew who and what he was - his actions weren't much of a surprise, but simply another helping of the same.
You was told in Joe's unending, seriously disturbed stream of consciousness narrative. Kepnes had my attention in the beginning as Joe is up to his old tricks.... Instead, I found Joe to be flat and just not as interesting the second time around.