Twenty years ago, several days after Easter, my husband Bruce and I returned home from work, let our Cocker Spaniel outside in the fenced yard and went in the house. Bridget the dog refused to come back in the house, riveted to something white beyond our fence. Long story short–our neighbors had moved out that day, leaving behind a yard full of refuse…and one baby bunny. We cornered the wee frightened thing that felt like bird fluff in my hand, and I immediately dubbed him Precious. And so began our saga of rescuing rabbits.
Nestled among wooded hills south of Nashville, Tennessee, is one of only three bookstores devoted to mysteries in the southern US. Mysteries & More is also the newest, established March 2008 as the combined fulfillment of a lifelong dream plus retirement plan of owners Mary and Greg Bruss.
Do you know the first Saturday in December is a national holiday? Yes, since 2010, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day has been celebrated. Suspense novelist Jenny Milchman conceived the idea after reading about the demise of some bookstores and wanting the remaining ones kept vibrant for the sake of her own two children, future grandchildren, and everyone else’s kids too.
The business cards of Acia Morley and Cheri LeBlond describe them as co-owners and local “escapologists” at Mysteryscape, a store specializing in “fiction, gifts and intrigue.” Their cards might well add a few other adjectives–like intrepid and brave.
The year 2013 burst like a supernova upon the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in California. This year, not only did Mysterious Galaxy win the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America on May 8, but three days later, it celebrated its twentieth anniversary!
Located dead center in downtown Austin’s hipness is the bookstore voted best in the state capital for more than 15 years. BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas, is a beloved institution among denizens who vow to “keep Austin weird.” Yes, that’s a marketing slogan in Austin! Although not generally known for funkiness or artsy-ness, Texas does have the city of Austin, which tries its darnedest to make up for deficiencies in those qualities in the rest of the state.
Jack Reacher often stalks the store, keeping an eye on the more than 25,000 books on display. He even looks at home behind the counter, where the cash register sits. In fact, he acts as if he owns the place.