I've picked up a few shifts at Beth's Books, which is located next to Sound Cafe, where I end up spending a lot of time anyway. The bookstore, which is mostly used, has been here for nearly two years, but business is a bit slow. Which is why I'm posting this. (In other words, please, please come by...)
One of the things we did recently was create a section devoted to Beach Books, which led to a discussion of "What is a beach book?" So we now have three shelves: Trashy Beach Books, Deeply Intellectual Vacation Reading, and "Maybe not so deep". We have Stephen King, Nanny Diaries, Picolt, Hoffman, Shreve, and also Ernest Gaines, Anne Tyler, Jonathan Franzen. I'm sure someone has read The Corrections on a beach.
We also have, elsewhere in the store, lots of great old books, and a section of new ones: the new DeLillo, the new Al Gore, the new Ian McEwan. And magazine: The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Review of Books, Yoga Journal, Rolling Stone. So come get a cup of coffee and something to read.