Hi, it’s me, Bear, and my friend, Belle. Most of the time, we shop dogs are hard at work in the store — counting books, inhaling the scent of our customers’ shoes, and checking under the children’s shelves for stray popcorn. Occasionally, we also like to hop online and click around to see what’s happening in the publishing world, and when we do, well . . . we’ve been known to get sidetracked. Who knew the other creatures of the world were so talented? For example, we’re fascinated by this pair of hamsters on a date.
What’s love got to do with our latest staff picks? Very little, in some cases. Our booksellers only had one rule in making their picks for February: use the word “love” somewhere in each recommendation. We didn’t say it had to be a love story… just that they had to love it. Here’s what everyone came up with. Read the rest of this entry »