I've been a bookseller for twenty-one years now but it looks like that
part of my life is coming to an end. I work for the Borders Books
store in Braintree Ma, and as many of you know, the company is
reorganizing under Chapter 11. Yesterday they made the decision
to close our store by the end of May. I've worked there eleven years
now, longer than anyone else on the staff.
Working in a bookstore was a dream job for me,.although I started
out in the receiving room of the old Lauriat's Book's store in the
basement of the South Shore Plaza (also in Braintree). I worked my
way up from receiver to assistant manager at the Taunton store to
managing the Avon store in Lauriat's Royal Discount Books division.
But then Lauriat's went out of business. After a short ill-fated stint at
Hollywood Video I went to work for Borders.
I've enjoyed most of the people I've worked with over the years, and
I liked helping customers find the books they were looking for, either
for themselves or as gifts for others. I got a kick out of customers who'd
tell me how much they'd liked the book or author I'd recommended to
them. I've been at this for so long I can sometimes tell a customer who
wrote a book without having to check the computer for the information,
and I can find a book on a shelf because I know what the cover looks like.
I'm going to miss that, working in a field I enjoy and doing something I'm good
at for a living.
Most of all I'm going to miss the people I've worked with at Borders. I took a
camera with me to work today to take pictures before the chaos that is a
liquidation sale starts on Thursday. I won't post the pictures I took of people
here,.but I do have a few of the store.
|A display of local interest books with some of my favorites|
|The Images of America books display|
|Looking down the aisle towards the history department.|