Somewhere in the store is an overweight cat, often named for an obscure character in fiction. Unlike in a chain bookstore, no one can claim this cat is utilitarian, a service animal. It would be a stretch to say it was even clean.
The writing had been on the wall, though Yolanda Stratter, who says she has read more than 10,000 books, refused to read it. The time to get out of the used book and music retail business had come, gone, and come again.
I started noticing treasures within the treasures -- little bits of random ephemera left inside books, often untouched for decades. I found family photos, old advertisements, letters and postcards, even some crumbs of food.