Ideas on Books and Readers

Bookstore Conversations

Owning a bookstore right now has its challenges. Pricing may be one. Surviving a pandemic another. Finding qualified help another….

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Cultivating Faith


As Easter approaches and the sun promises spring, I want to hold onto my happy expectation as long as possible….

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In short, I was afraid: Ode to J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot for VDay

T.S. Eliot for VDay I’m not exactly sure why without fail Elvis Costello’s “My Comic Valentine” pops into my head…

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Making Resolutions 2021

Kingston, Rhode Island Train Station: A Good Place for Embarking   Somewhere along the line I stopped writing down my…

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How Does Joy Arrive?

This Advent   This is my second December as a retailer and it can not be more different than 2019….

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2020 Thanksgiving Reading


Forcing Gratitude never quite works as well as a state of natural grace.  Thanksgiving also requires honesty regarding reconciling the…

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Scary Stories for Halloween: Past and Present

  Is it ever time to make your classic book change?   Do you have scary stories on the ready…

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Part III in BoP’s Summer Project: A Charlestown Story for Our First Annual Charity Auction


  Note: If you are joining our story now – BoP’s First Charity Auction this year focused on the Hoxsie-Browning…

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Part II in BoP’s Summer Project: A Charlestown Story for Our First Annual Charity Auction


Note: This past summer BoP auctioned early American furniture and decorative objects belonging to Charlestown’s early family, the Hoxsie-Browning’s. We…

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A Very Short History of Charlestown, Rhode Island through the Hoxsie-Browning Family


We need your knowledge! Dear Reader, Because we are new to this subject, and not unlike amateur sleuths searching for…

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