Dear Reader

Every month, Roxanne's Dear Reader talks about the books she is most excited about, authors coming to the store who she can't wait to meet, and anything else that is on her mind.


Dear Reader,

When it comes to client gifts, let's do the math. The usual go-to gifts like Belgium chocolates have a shelf life of two weeks, fresh fruit has two or three days tops, and wine?, either it's opened right away or gathering dust on some shelf and by the time it's uncorked, the receiver has no idea who sent it.

But books — I bet you know where this is going — books have a shelf life of, well, infinity. Books are notable and the giving of books shows great care and thought on your part. Our corporate clients who send books inevitably hear from their clients soon after the packages arrive to request another book for the following year!

  We can pick one book for everybody or go through your list together one-by-one. We can even put together a gift package — say one hardcover book with a journal or bookmark, or any one of the amazing gifts we have in the store.

Call us for an appointment at 203-245-3959 and ask for either me or Lori Fazio, our general manager (or email Lori at We can have a meeting in the bookstore or even come to your office. We gift wrap and write the card for you and ship to the recipient or hand-deliver the gifts to your office. All you need to do is read the thank-you notes and enjoy your clients' appreciation — and continued business!

One fun type of gift to send is a hard-to-find, collectible, signed book. Here are a few we currently have (naturally supplies are limited — so if you want any, please let us know quickly).

  • The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward
  • How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson
  • The Devil's Financial Dictionary by Jason Zweig
  • The Case of the Piglet's Paternity by Judge Jon Blue
  • The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil

Here are your next steps to make client gift-giving super easy:

  • Pull together your holiday list.
  • Give me or Lori a call at 203-245-3959 to set up an appointment at our store or your office (or email Lori at
  • Sit back and relax. We'll do it all for you (except for taking your happy client phone calls — that's up to you)!

See you in the store (or in your office),

Roxanne J. Coady