Meet Jessie

JessieJessie is one of our newest booksellers.  You'll see her in-store seasonally, helping out and offering great recommendations in summers and around Christmas!  Learn more about her below — or stop in and say "hi".

 

Where are you from?

I was born outside Chicago and grew up in Grand Rapids. I’ve moved around quite a bit since high school. I lived on Long Island and in San Jose, California before settling in Traverse City.

 

You’re browsing a bookstore.  What’s the first section you gravitate toward?

History!!! My first degree is in history - I describe it as my first love. I’m particularly drawn to WWII, both European and Pacific. 

 

If you weren’t a bookseller, what would you be doing instead?

I’m actually a master’s level social worker! During the school year, I work as a school social worker in elementary schools. 


You’re not allowed to read for 24 hours!  What would you do?

f I couldn’t read, I’d probably tend after my many, many houseplants, play with my dog, or rewatch my favorite shows (The Pacific and Band of Brothers, naturally). 


What are the five books you’ll never part with?

I have a collection of antique books that I’m very proud of. None of them are worth a ton of money, nor are most of them in great shape, but I love them so they won’t be going anywhere! I’m also a constant re-reader so I hold onto several books that I read over and over again. With the Old Breed by EB Sledge, Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty are just a few of my favorites.

With the Old Breed By E.B. Sledge Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780891419068
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Presidio Press - May 1st, 2007

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (Vintage Departures) By Tony Horwitz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679758334
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Vintage - February 22nd, 1999

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780060786502
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015