Spring is around the corner and adventure is in the air, even that reading adventure that happens every time you open a new book or turn the page to a new chapter. Spring at Gramercy Books means we begin to see more people in the store, emerging from the winter and eager to make new connections, to discover through books. And when all of us think of spring, we think of a time of rejuvenation, reinvention, and rebirth.
Let’s start with rejuvenation. Enchantment, Katherine May’s wonderful meditation and inspiration for the spring season, invites the reader to accompany the author on a journey to reawaken our innate sense of wonder and awe. She asks us to find magic in each moment, in every day.
Then, for reinvention, there’s Julia Keller’s liberating book, Quitting: The Myth of Perseverance—and How the New Science of Giving Up Can Set You Free. Millions of people have quit their jobs as they seek happiness and define success on their own terms. Quitting becomes a chance to shape our life without fear—at work, at home, in our relationships, and beyond. Or, perhaps, that reinvention might have to do with how we might recommit ourselves to work towards, and inspire, social change, as Matthew Desmond suggests in his upcoming book, Poverty, by America.
At Gramercy Books, we are always looking for new ways to reinvent ourselves to better serve our customers and the community. There’s our new quarterly Romance Book Club, really launched as a response to the demand from our customers. Our third romance-featured discussion will be held on June 1 and feature Just As You Are by Camille Kellogg. We created a new subscription book service, Bookgram, that launches this month as a way to surprise and delight our local customers, serve our out-of-the-area customers who cannot browse our shelves, and create a wonderful opportunity for gifting.
Finally, rebirth is in the air at Gramercy Books with our prolific selection of Easter and Passover books. For Easter, we have a selection of Easter tales from favorite characters such as Bluey, Pete the Cat, and the Crayons. Along with many Easter activity books to keep the kids busy, we offer fun reads like How to Catch the Easter Bunny and We’re Going on an Egg Hunt. And there are always the classics: Peter Rabbit and The Velveteen Rabbit, the latter on my permanent Favorite Books tower. And there are plenty of Passover choices for readers from Pippa’s Passover Plate, a board book for younger children where a mouse is in search of her Seder Plate, to Welcoming Elijah: a Passover Tale with a Tail, winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Come browse and welcome spring with us whether looking for rejuvenation, reinvention, rebirth, or just your next great read!
Written by Linda Kass
About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. My second historical novel, A Ritchie Boy, was inspired by my immigrant father's role as a military intelligence office in World War II. My third novel, Bessie, a fictional portrait of Bess Myerson's early life, will be released in September of 2023. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, serving all of central Ohio!
Learn more about me on my personal website.