Cheri's Love Affair with Books

by bookseller Cheri A.

a woman stands in front of a white wall that is covered in black text, and the wall appears to be hugging her

I think it started when I was about 5.  On one of my weekly library trips with Mom, I was immediately taken with an oversized storybook, filled with black and white photography of a doll, Edith and her teddy bear.  The book?  The Lonely Doll by Dare WrightBy today's standards, this book is really creepy (which may explain my later love for thrillers), however my 5-year old self was truly smitten.  Each week my mother would try her best to persuade me to look at others, but I just wanted that one for the longest time. So, Edith sparked my affection for books that has just deepened over time.  Later on, I would come to love Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry, and my first "scary" book: The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts, which was like a children's version of a Hitchcock movie!  By the time high school rolled around, I was deep into 20's and 30's classics. That was also when I became obsessed with Stephen King and true crime (Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss was my first). Sometimes I cheat with movies and television, but nothing compares to my ongoing affair with books. I hope it never ends!