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Allison Hill

Trash Reading

Allison Hill | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

While my fellow booksellers and I spent the summer eagerly awaiting the new Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and David Mitchell novels, I was also secretly counting down the days to the newest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars.

Finding Faith

Allison Hill | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Vacation Reading

Allison Hill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I go to work and browse the bookshelves. Ask my fellow booksellers for recommendations. Buy more books. Then I evolve and start "surfing" online. Reading reviews and blogs. Spying on staff picks from other bookstores.

Book Clubs Are Badass

Allison Hill | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

The gravity of choosing a club name. The ongoing battles to select titles. The no holds barred opinions and heated debates. Kicking members out for failing to read the book or stay on topic. The wine! These readers are the masters of their literary domain.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Allison Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I've found that many booksellers, when faced with the sometimes daunting task of deciding what to read next, have developed their own idiosyncratic "strategies." Often secret, until now.

Dear Oprah

Allison Hill | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Allison Hill

I guess I miss the good ol' days. President Clinton was in office and was frequently photographed with a book in hand, or seen visiting a bookstore. You had your book club. But I still want to say thank you for everything you've done to support books and promote reading.

Crimes of Passion

Allison Hill | Posted 08.01.2013 | Books
Allison Hill

My teen years are a blur of loitering and prowling, in libraries, bookstores, and books themselves. And there may have been some trespassing along the way. (The statute of limitations hasn't expired though, so I'll leave it at that.)

When Bad Books Happen to Good People

Allison Hill | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books
Allison Hill

I admit that for many years I subscribed to the policy that a book, any book, was always better than no book. In recent years though, I have come to believe that it is the dirty little secret of the bookselling world that some books just suck.

Literary Seductions

Allison Hill | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Allison Hill

I once slept with a man because he gave me a copy of Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Before you judge me, read the book. It's lyrical and seductive and changes the way you think about reality, about life.

Writing a Life

Allison Hill | Posted 08.09.2011 | Books
Allison Hill

Over the years, my father demonstrated to me that books offer us solace and escape when nothing else can. He taught me a deep appreciation and gratitude for a good story.