Leigh Altshuler, owner of Sweet Pickle Books in New York City, actually started a bookstore during a pandemic- the most trying time for booksellers. And, as interesting as it is that she chose this courageous time to start up, what really puts her new shop on the map is its most notable and unorthodox feature: pickles!
While many of us feel as though life is at standstill during this pandemic, some people are making gardens bloom from upended soil. This includes Aiden M. Taylor, an eleven-year-old boy from New York City who has used this time to write a novel and uplift other children' spirits. His illustrated children's book, Me and My Afro, is for all the children out there right now who may be struggling mentally and emotionally during this trying time.
Words are our solace, and our favorite hiding place is between the pages of a book. However, while words may be one of our largest sources of comfort during uncertain times, there's one word in particular that we're sick and tired of hearing, both literally and figuratively. "Pandemic" is Merriam-Webster's and Dictionary.com's word of the year.
A Promised Land is the first of former President Barack Obama's two presidential volumes. This highly anticipated novel has been, so far, named one of the 10 best books of the year, by The New York Times Book Review, and a Washington Post Notable Book. But, other than the high praise it has received so far, it's also managed to sell 887,000 copies on the first day of publication, breaking records for publishing powerhouse, Penguin Random House.
As the pandemic has been pushing independent bookstores to the brink of their wits and resources, book shop owners around the world have been coming up with some creative ideas to keep afloat, and one Utah bookstore hopes to keep their book sales flowing by keeping the beer flowing as well. Ken Sanders, owner of Ken Sanders Rare Books, is teaming up with another Salt Lake City independent store, the Fisher Brewery to produce a line of beer based on Edward Abbey's book, The Monkey Wrench Gang.