Val Kittel

Once upon a time in the early 2000’s, or late 1990’s (who keeps track of time?) Val asked Betsy if she could help out at TKE at Christmas. She learned how to wrap books and tie bows, then moved behind the counter and spent some time on the floor. She loved the place, the people, and especially the books, too many of which she wrapped and gave to herself long after Christmas was over. Skip ahead 20 years or more and Val tells Betsy in a Zoom Book Review for a women’s group that she often thinks fondly of those days at TKE and would love to work there again, some day. Next day, Anne Holman calls to ask if she’d like to come back, and Val says without hesitating: “Yes! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for: sharing books and community with like-minded people.” Some things never change.

Books: 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Milkman: A Novel By Anna Burns Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

The Friend: A Novel By Sigrid Nunez Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

The Space Between Us: A Novel By Thrity Umrigar Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060791568
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 6th, 2007

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art By James Nestor Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

Days Without End: A Novel By Sebastian Barry Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Mink River By Brian Doyle Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870715853
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Published: Oregon State University Press - October 1st, 2010

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern By Stephen Greenblatt Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories By Lucia Berlin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver By Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017