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Necktie salesman Matthew Mason is chosen by bookstore owner E Baker to take over her shop, Chapters and Verse, when she retires, but she continues to keep in touch by letter as he learns the business
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Joel Barr is a writer and artist whose poetry, fiction, reviews and non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals. His paintings and sculptures are in private and public collections. Chapters and Verse is his first novel.From Publishers Weekly:
A down-to-earth delight, this first novel warmly recounts lives centered in a small-town bookshop. Chapters and Verse is an independent bookstore in the quiet town of Tangelo, Fla., formerly owned by Estet Baker, a shrewd, energetic, crusty older woman, as eccentric as her name implies, who is both a lover of literature and a connoisseur of human experience. E has chosen Matthew Mason as her store's new proprietor and, after showing him the ropes, has begun to travel throughout Florida to gather material for a photo-essay. Her letters record observations on local bookstores, offer business suggestions and strengthen her friendship with Matthew. As he settles into his new role, sensitive, likable Matthew--who begins to understand that in running Chapters and Verse, "I had a life to protect"--develops friendships with customers, staff and other townspeople. Barr's imaginative, humorous story celebrates the sweetness of literary life, the freshness and promise of the newly printed page.
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Book Description Gibbs Smith, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0879053402