Mary Gay Shipley has my dream job. She is the proprietor of That Bookstore in Blytheville near my hometown. I recall in the mid-1970s when she first opened the store, it was The Book Rack. At that time, it was more of a used book exchange. Nearly every week, my mother walked into The Book Rack with a stack of paperbacks to trade and walked out with a new stack of volumes to read, fueling my addiction at a very early age. Of course, this was after an hour of browsing and chatting with the ladies there, who could always make wonderful reading recommendations over a cup of coffee. The book exchange idea proved to be a great recycling program, if you are one of those people who can let go of a book. I cannot.
|A few of my signed first editions.
Shiny, Clean, Aligned, Happy
Mary Gay has attracted many impressive southern authors to book signings and readings, thus I have amassed quite an impressive collection of signed first editions. I treasure these books. When our house nearly flooded a few years ago, I was fully prepared to strap a bookcase on my husband’s back, if necessary. I have many, many more autographed books than shoes. It’s not even close.
|Most of my shoes.
Faded, Dirty, Jumbled, Sad
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