Kelly

Kelly bought The Fountain in January 2008 after managing it since 2000 and she has been a professional independent bookseller since 1989.

Kelly is currently serving a third term on the board of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and works regularly with the American Booksellers Association on projects as well.  She loves to talk books and the book business.  Just ask!!

She's an omnivore of a reader, rarely refusing to at least try reading any category of book. Unfortunately, we also suspect she eats them.

 

 

 

Books: 

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What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter Cover Image
By Suzy Hopkins, Hallie Bateman (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781632869685
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Available to Ship From Our Warehouse in 3-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury UK - April 3rd, 2018

This is the book I wish I had had when my mother died.  It's a beautiful meditation on grief, love, and perspective, all done in graphic novel format. It might make a weird/cool Mother's Day present if your mom's still with us.  Kinda depends on your mom.  Or a great present for yourself to celebrate her life if she's gone. The assignment for Day 1: Make a Fajita.  It starts with instructions for slicing a bunch of onions and crying.  It ends with "Great job!  Now don't you feel better? Of course you don't.  Pour yourself a stiff glass of whiskey."


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Anatomy of a Miracle: A Novel* Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780553447583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth Press - March 13th, 2018

This is an extraordinary tale of a paralyzed veteran who is gifted (or cursed) with a miracle, the storm that surrounds him in the aftermath, and the meaning of faith. This book has ruined me. It was so good I don't want to read anything else. I've been in a funk for days since I finished it knowing that nothing else is going to measure up. This is a loving portrait of America today: imperfect, ridiculous, dangerous, yet still inspiring.


 


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The Oracle Year: A Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062686633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2018

Loved this near-future (like, next week) tale! A millennial mostly out of work musician in New York has over 100 predictions beamed into his brain overnight. Some seemingly insignificant, others that could cause the deaths of thousands perhaps even the end of the whole world. A beautiful study on the interconnected nature of life on planet Earth and a thoughtful funny look at human foibles, especially those of the young. Highly recommended!!!


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How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents Cover Image
By Jimmy O. Yang, Mike Judge (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306903496
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Da Capo Press - March 13th, 2018

Yang (star of HBO's Silicon Valley) is excruciatingly revealing about his life growing up as a Chinese immigrant who wants nothing more than to blend in.  Learning English and American culture from watching endless hours of BET.  

Cringingly politically incorrect, some readers might take offense.  (I actually listened to the audio, which I highly recommend!!!)  When it comes to women, Yang's view seems to still be stuck in images of 90s rappers on yachts surrounded by women in thongs...his persistent idea of the American dream.  It's a little distracting, if funny.  And sort of gross.  

Anyway...Yang concludes the book with an impassioned plea for fair treatment if immigrants as individuals first, not their ethnicities, and an inspiring account of his revelations about his own identity.  Worth the price of the book, for sure.  I actually had tears in my eyes at the end.  

And I laughed a lot.  We all need that.  


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How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781523502066
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing - October 31st, 2017

Maybe you, like me, got one of these Instant Pot things for a present? (Thanks, Dad!) I have a weakness for small appliances....and cookbooks. So I took home ALL the cookbooks for the Instant Pot and tested them out so you don't have to. This one has turned out to be my favorite. I'm a fan of this author and his publisher anyway, so the fact that it beat out all the rest is no surprise. It beat out the "official" cookbook by a mile for ease of use, deliciousness of recipes, variety, layout, and photography. It's not particularly "chefy", but that's not what I was looking for in a general cookbook for this appliance. For "chefy", try Dinner In An Instant by Melissa Clark.


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The Perfume Burned His Eyes Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781617756207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - April 3rd, 2018

Yes. It's That Guy From The Sopranos. If that's what makes you pick it up, fine. Just do it. Matthew, a 16 year old living in Queens loses both his father and his grandfather. His mother uproots the now family of two to Manhattan. He starts an unlikely friendship with two tenants in his building: Lou Reed and his trans girlfriend Rachel. Lou becomes a quasi-shamanic father figure to the boy as he navigates his lonely path to becoming a man. Heartbreaking. Pure. If you walk away from having read this book without feeling the deepest of empathy for teenagers and your own teenage self, you're just a stone, man. You can't be reached.


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A Short History of Richmond (Brief History) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781625859570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - December 4th, 2017

I have been asking authors for over 10 years to write a short history of Richmond.  I’m, like, PLEASE! I NEED THIS BOOK!  I COULD SELL SO MANY! In late December 2016, I wearily made the same request of Guy and Jack, even though they were at the shop promoting a political book.  I had just been asking everyone at that point, even novelists.  To my utter shock they said, “Okay?”.  I said, “Great! I need it for next Christmas!”  Boy did they deliver! I love this book!  It’s exactly what I wanted!  You will want one too.  Don’t worry, I’ve put them back to work for another book you didn’t know you wanted for next year!


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Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062664570
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Published: HarperOne - April 4th, 2017

I am generally dismissive of these expanded commencement addresses that clog the shelves every graduation season, but I can't seem to get this one out of my mind.  Despite the lofty title of Dean of the College of Education at Harvard, Ryan's contribution to the genre is plain-spoken, funny, honest, and honestly helpful.  He focuses on asking yourself a series of broad questions regularly to enhance your character, your quality of life, and your contribution to the world. You can read it in about two hours.  This book is great for anyone in transition: moving, retiring, starting a new job.  I highly recommend it. I can't stop thinking about it.


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The Gentleman Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399562655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2017

So our main character accidentally sells his wife to the Devil.  

Like ya do.  

Originally, he believed he hated his newlywed.  But now that she is gone, he is bereft beyond all reckoning and assembles a band of misfits as incompetent as himself to journey to the Underworld to get her back.

A refreshing romp at once familiar and strange. Readers will love the bumbling main character and his histrionics. Recommended for readers of Christopher Moore's historical novels and lovers of Monty Python.


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Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - April 11th, 2017

What a treat: this book!  A charming, funny, interactive picture book that is ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.

Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:  1. To be your favorite animal. 

2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from the you!—he discovers that it's not so bad after all. Best read in a horrible French accent. 


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The Nowhere Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481481731
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - October 10th, 2017

I loved this book!!  So important.  Please read it and share it with girl and boy teens and the people who care about them.  I wish we had heard more from Amber.  Maybe in a future book?  There aren't many books out there about teens trying to change the culture of their schools and their communities through peaceful activism.  The Nowhere Girls tells it like it is. Some of it is clumsy.  Sometimes it doesn't work or takes a while to get off the ground.  But it is always worth trying.  I really did love this book. 

 


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Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781592409280
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - October 17th, 2017

Roben Farzad's debut is a fast-paced tale of drugs, sex, and Dom Perignon set in a swanky Miami hotel called The Mutiny.  The book seems destined for the silver screen until you realize that it's too ridiculous to believe. But that's the thing: every freaky cocaine-fueled moment, each kingpin ordered assassination, every larger-than-life character, every celebrity cameo is actually real.  So, put the soundtrack to Miami Vice on the in the background, grab yourself decadent drink, and settle in for a ripping good read! We are throwing his release party on 10/17...and it is *going* to be a party.


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Beautiful Music Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781617756276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - May 1st, 2018

I am such a huge fan of this book and this author.  Beautiful Music, set in 1970s Detroit is just what the title states.  A young  Danny Yzemski is growing up chunky kid with a love of pop radio and an turbulent home life.  He starts his freshman year in a new school being confronted by racial tension issues previously he only experienced through the news and his mother's snide comments.  When a tragedy happens, Danny's mom becomes more and more obsessed with the world's cultural changes and tries to drive them out of her life with booze and pills.  In this storm, Danny finds comfort in music.  Like beautiful music, this book is permeated with the power to make you sad, lift you up, and carry you home.