It has been a tough time, a harrowing time, a heart-breaking time and it has been a time of beauty and grace. Sandy blew through and changed a great many lives. We are very fortunate to report the little bookshop made it through without any damage or flooding. We did lose power for the week and managed to make it to the shop for three of those days, opening the doors during the daylight hours to welcome neighbors as they went about their errands in a remarkably quiet West Village. As the temperatures fell through the week they showed up with ever more layers of clothing to ward off the cold and take a moment to use our working landline, swap information on locations to recharge a cellphone, or just to chat. Riding bikes across the Manhattan Bridge or making epic subway journeys from Queens the crew here made great efforts to make it to the shop and keep it chugging along, receiving boxes from the amazing folks at UPS, shelving books in the chilly near-dark, and remaining in great spirits.
Through it all our thoughts returned again and again to our neighbors in the far West Village and the folks in the Rockaways, Red Hook, Hoboken, Staten Island, along the Jersey Shore and the many places in between all affected by Sandy. Our concern and well wishes go out to them all.
And, if we may borrow a sentiment expressed in a newsletter from the good people at Tekserve, as we slowly return to our regular concerns of our lives, when you head out to do your shopping please consider calling on the affected small businesses and restaurants that make our cities and neighborhoods so wonderfully unique and rich; whether cheese shop, bistro, espresso cafe, or clothing retailer, your support will be hugely appreciated by both business owner and employees alike.
It is with gratitude that we turn to the books and offer our latest newsletter. This fall season is one of the more remarkable in recent years with so many well-known and favorite authors presenting new work -- and there are still more to come with Alice Munro, Colm Toibin, and Ian McEwan still to publish later this month. Below are some of our recommendations from this crowded field -- as well as favorites now available in paperback and a nice selection of signed books.
We wish you well.
Three Lives & Company, Booksellers
154 W 10 Street
NY NY 10014
Monday and Tuesday 11am-8pm
A/C/E or B/D/F/M - W 4th St
1 - Christopher St/Sheridan Sq