Meet the Staff

Island Books booksellers are not only well-read, charming, and articulate, but they have more than 150 years of bookselling experience among them.

Current staff reading:

 

Kay

Specialty: Cards and music; general bookseller

Some all-time favorite books: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich; Living on the Wind by Scott Weidensaul


Nancy

Specialty: Co-owner (a.k.a. the boss's wife); children's bookseller; toy and game buyer

All-time favorite books: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner; Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard; anything by Mary Oliver


Garry

Specialty: Receiving; backroom factotum

All-time favorite books: The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Diaries by Count Harry Kessler

 

Marni

Specialty: Back-up backroom factotum; general bookseller

Favorite authors: Jane Austen; John Irving; Phillipa Gregory; Ian McEwan; Harper Lee


Roger

Specialty: Owner; manager; bookseller

All-time favorite books (dating back to his impressionable teenage years): The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett; Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


Cindy

Specialty: Out of print books; general bookseller

 

Marilyn

Specialty: Money manager

All time favorite book(s): anything by Jodi Picoult

Lori

Specialty: Children's bookseller 

Classic favorites: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

James

Specialty: General bookseller; webmonkey

Some all-time favorite books: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon; Persuasion by Jane Austen; Moby-Dick by Herman Melville; Peace by Gene Wolfe; Springer's Progress by David Markson


Miriam

Specialty: Webmonkey

Some all-time favorite books: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry; American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld; Serena by Ron Rash

 

Emma

Specialty: Erstwhile children's bookseller; current college correspondent; passive nepotist

All-time favorite books: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear and The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers; Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury; Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino