The other day while we were talking books on Faith Middleton's show (which we do every other week - let me know if you want the lists of what we discuss each time), there were a surprising number of callers who contributed audio titles (i.e. "books on tape") to the discussion. There were a few mentioned that really caught my attention and, since then, I've had a ball listening to each of them. Our buyer even brought in extra copies, so if you want us to hold one or send one out to you, let us know. They are:
Every one of these audio books is incredible - many are great for family listening (if kids are 12 and up), but they're mostly a wonderful way to listen to a remarkable array of literature while driving, exercising or lounging around. I urge you to try them all - in fact, if you purchase at least 4 of the 5, I'll throw in an R.J. Julia gift card for $10 on the house.
For those of you that missed the contagiously upbeat video we sent out last week, here is the link.
Also, for those of you who were unable to join us for the Cat in the Hat Guinness record attempt, I wanted to mention an observation. There were 1,000 people spanning the ages of 5 weeks old to 85 years-old in the back of our store. Families huddled together, couples, friends and all were enthusiastic, smiling great big smiles and taking pride in the community we all call home - it was breathtaking to be a part of.
It was yet another reminder of the role of local bookstores, local businesses and a vibrant Main Street community. It is these qualities, these connections that add an immeasurable quality of life and a sense of belonging for us all. It was our honor to be able to make it happen - it was a blast to see 1,000 smiling faces... 1,000 Cats in Hats! This event also gave us a chance to help Read to Grow, an important organization that makes sure all kids have books for free (more here if you can help). You can even purchase pre-packs of 5 or 10 bundles of books the organization needs most here.
Speaking of glorious - you might've heard me rave about singer Bettye Lavette before. Her voice and musical gifts span rock and soul and blues and funk - her album is my go-to album. I adore her music and now miraculously she will be at The Kate on March 20th - the night before she lights up the stage at Carnegie Hall. Purchase your tickets here - I can't wait!
For some physical books, I'm loving:
I will leave you with this thought: a recent study in the U.K. indicated that frequent readers are more likely to be satisfied with life, and tend to be happier and more successful. We knew that, right!
Roxanne J. Coady