Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky. My aunt and uncle started the store in 1978 so you could say my entire life, but I started dusting shelves when I was 13 or 14.
Where might we be surprised that you have also worked?
No real surprises! I've had a few other jobs than the bookstore, but nothing that lasted too long. But my first "job" was a gymnastic instructor. I was at the gym so much, they gave me my own class of 5 year olds!
What do you like to read? What's your current favorite book to handsell?
I read literary fiction almost exclusively. I'm really drawn to dark stories so sometimes I've have to warn people that I'm not a great person to recommend the light and airy read. Right now, though, I love selling News of the World by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow). I can so easily talk anyone into it (and it's not that dark!)
Who are you when you're not in the store?
A soccer mom, girl scout leader, and housekeeper. Kids 11 and 13 keep me pretty tied up!
What's your favorite bookstore other than the one you work in?
I've thought about this one so much and there are too many beautiful, amazing stores out there doing great work! But, I do just adore Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers in Minneapolis. Chickens roaming around, a boat hanging from the ceiling, and a child-sized door at the entrance... it's a magical place.