Independent bookstores are more than a place to buy books. They are places of knowledge.
For years, I had been looking for a beloved book from my childhood. I couldn’t remember the title so when I went into A Children’s Place and asked Kira P. for “this wonderful book about a hedgehog who has plants grow on him” I was not that hopeful.
But I browsed and a few minutes later Kira asked if the book I was looking for was Miss Jaster’s Garden by N.M. Bodecker. Yes! Oh, yes! That’s the book I wanted with little Hedgie, the flowerhog, and piano-playing Miss Jaster.
Neither Google nor Amazon could bring Hedgie back to me. Hedgehog is NOT in the title making key word searching very difficult. I needed Kira and her expertise. My independent bookseller is smarter than the internet. So there!