So sometimes I am a barista instead of a bookseller. Today was one of those days. It's generally not very fun--I have my job because I like to sell books, not because I like to make coffee. However, there are a number of distinct advantages to being a barista in a bookstore instead of a regular Starbucks:
Me: Can I have a name for the order?
Customer: Voldemort. Lord Voldemort.
(I write "He Who Must Not Be Named" on the cup.)
Coworker, after making the latte: Lord Voldemort?
Customer: Did you dare use my name?
Coworker: Fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself. Have a nice day, Mr. Riddle.
I love working in books.
Jessica S. Schley was once a pusher of very important papers for a small commercial nonfiction house. Nowadays, she divides her time between bookselling, being a grad student, and writing contemporary fiction for young adults.
- ▼ 2012 (33)