I once volunteered at an independent bookstore. It was a feminist bookstore whose owners cultivated an all-embracing environment and hired a diverse staff of mostly left-leaning book lovers.
Inside the Toronto Women's Bookstore, an independent bookseller in Canada.
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During my time at the small bookseller, I interacted with a variety of interesting customers. Few brought children with them, so I didn't have to keep an eye out for little ones wending their way toward an inappropriate section, as Amanda Nelson had to do, according to her "Confessions of a Newbie Independent Bookseller." (See the article below.) But, like Amanda, I never judged customers' taste in books - it helped that we had a great selection!
Book Riot * February 7, 2012
Confessions of a Newbie Independent Bookseller
By Amanda Nelson