A Goddess Among Booksellers!!!
Congratulations go to Kathleen Carey of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (and Troy Native!!!). She just hand-sold* the store’s 1000th (!!!) copy of Jon Hassler’s “Staggerford.” She has been diligently handselling it since 1992, and she was instrumental in keeping it in print when it almost went out of print in 2000.
Kathleen says, “It is a joy to hand-sell* because the late Mr. Hassler had an uncanny knack in writing about everyday people & situations with grace, humor & understanding; all his books are peopled with characters we know–some of whom we love, other we don’t necessarily like–and his observations of human behavior are spot on. Staggerford is a deceptively benign and simple story that gradually reveals itself as great fiction, right up to its shocking conclusion. Jon Hassler was one of our best and most underrated writers of contemporary fiction.”
(* Bookseller’s footnote: handselling |ˈhandˈseli ng | noun: the practice of promoting books by personal recommendation rather than by publisher-sponsored marketing.)