Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Snow, Cold and Mystery--Up North!
All over Leelanau County, snow is being moved. People are moving it, using shovels and blowers, scoops and plows. And what is in the forecast for the days ahead? More snow!
Cooking and reading fill my days. Dinner last night was a hot skillet dish of sausage, onions and apples, simmered in balsamic vinegar and apple cider, with steamed green beans and roasted sweet potatoes on the side, the sweet potatoes tossed with pecans and bleu cheese. Hot food renews one’s courage at the end of a cold day.
Yesterday afternoon at the bookstore I started reading Keeping the House, by Ellen Baker, and am already halfway through it (p. 271), racing back and forth from the 1880’s to 1950, following various characters through marriage, family life, war and peace, and enjoying myself immensely. There’s one mystery connected with this book—at least, it’s a mystery to me at this point. The author was identified on more than one Internet site as a “part-time bookseller,” her employer Beecroft Books & Coffee in Superior, Wisconsin. But Google searching also turned up several news items about Beecroft closing in late 2007. So here are my questions: Is the bookstore defunct? If so, is Ms. Baker selling books elsewhere? Or has s successful writing career (this novel has been garnering raves across the country) changed her life completely? And what of the Beecroft people? What are they doing these days? Another Up North bookseller wants to know!