Sharon Flesher is one of our booksellers and book group hosts. When she's not here recommending literary fiction and excellent cookbooks, she can be found reading, cooking, and writing for all kinds of publications, including Michigan Uncorked digital wine magazine and for TwoFemmes, a blog she writes with her daughter Leah.
Tell us a little about yourself.
In the ancient tradition of women everywhere, my life is characterized by adaptability. As John Lennon sang, “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” In college, I discovered journalism, then after graduation I met this guy. So followed jobs, marriage, moving, new jobs, more moving, children, business, travel. And for the future? Well, que será, será.
Where are you from?
I'm a North Carolina native.
How many states have you lived in?
North Carolina, Washington D.C., Maryland, Michigan, Colorado, and Michigan again
What's one book that changed your life?
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Read in college for a semester-long project. It prompted me to learn about Gandhi and many other things.
If you could invite five people to dinner, living or dead, real or fictional, whom would it be?
Not because these are necessarily the greatest people who have ever lived, but because I think their interactions would be entertaining. John Lennon, Tina Fey, Prince, Alexandre Dumas, Jon Stewart, Jane Austen. But who is cooking? Can I get Anthony Bourdain in the kitchen and at the table?
What's your favorite thing about being a bookseller?
All my life, I've told people what to read but they ignored me. Since I've been working here, not only do customers take my recommendations, friends also now ask me for book advice. My family still ignores my suggestions. Some things will never change.