Our latest addition to the staff, Miracle Thornton, is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. You might find her at the front counter, shelving books, or in the back office helping to plan events and create online content. As a collegiate intern, she's getting a crash course in all things bookish so she can take what she learns on to a career in publishing, a career we think looks very bright indeed!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a writer and appreciator of dried fruits and cheese. If I'm not staring at a blank screen/page, I might be singing songs to little animals or picking up rocks. There's also a good chance I might be laying on a carpet with an achy neck trying to squeeze in one more chapter of a book I forgot about for two weeks. Can be chatty (gossip welcomed). I favor the sun.
Where are you from?
I'm from a little town in South Jersey. But I've been up here in Michigan on and off for a few years. I went to Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major.
What are the five books you’ll never part with?
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Life on Mars by Tracey K. Smith
bluets by Maggie Nelson
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Virgin by Analicia Sotelo
What’s your favorite thing about being a bookseller?
Whether it's a silly romcom or some decidedly complex mystery novella, I love hearing what people want to read, especially as a writer.
If you weren’t a bookseller, what would you be doing instead?
In a perfect world, I would curl up on a couch with a cat surrounded by my six bestselling books, laughing until tea comes out of my nose and the wind blows across the water.
You’re browsing a bookstore. What’s the first section you gravitate toward?
I judge books by their covers. Aside from that, I usually skate around everywhere, landing in the poetry section or trying to find some interesting literary fiction.
If you could host a dinner party for five people, real or fictional, living or dead, who would you invite?
I would probably dine with Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles, the cast of Dragon Tales (who I am counting as a single form), Zuko from Avatar who can mope quietly beside me and look pretty, Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.