Archive: Christopher Schoppa

Another One Bites the Dust

Washington's literary community was recently dealt another blow with the shuttering of Olsson's Books & Records, the independent bookseller that for more than three decades catered to throngs of readers looking for a good book (and someone who could recommend one), the chance to meet an author or two, and...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 20, 2008; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (6)

Five Books That Are Stuck on My Shelves

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books -- it's the letting go that's the difficult part. During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I've certainly had my fair share of them...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 2, 2008; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (10)

Five Doggone Good Books on Canines

I love dogs. I have a quirky Lab-Chow mix by the name of Maggie. So, with Maggie as inspiration, and a friend's encouragement, I've come up with this wildly eclectic list of five beloved canine titles. Let us know what some of your favorites are. Dog Years: A Memoir by...

By Christian Pelusi | August 7, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (25)

What You See Is What You Get: Judging Five Books by Their Cover

Is it ever forgivable to judge a book by its cover? As a bookseller for 10 years and a member of the Book World staff for nearly as long, I've been conditioned to frown on such a practice. But I'll admit to having been enraptured by a book's cover (and...

By Christian Pelusi | June 5, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Novels That Take on Real-Life Historical Puzzles

Fiction is so tidy, with its beginnings, middles and ends. Real life often isn't, and history is rife with those tantalizing unknowns -- mysteries never solved, strange events never explained: Jack the Ripper, the vanishing of Amelia Earhart and the crew of the Marie Celeste, the fate of the settlers...

By Christian Pelusi | March 27, 2008; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (9)

Gift Books That Please the Eye

I'm not sure at what point in the history of publishing that art and photography books began to be called "gift books," which to me seems a derisive term (think easy all-purpose present for that hard-to-please whomever). That's a shame because the best books in this category are so much...

By Christian Pelusi | November 22, 2007; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)


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