In January I cast caution to the wind and signed up for the Powell’s Indispensable subscription–$39.95 every six weeks for an undisclosed shipment of small-press books, books by emerging authors, and assorted book-related stuff. This week I got my first shipment, which included a special slipcovered edition of Louise Erdrich’s new novel, Shadow Tag*, as well as a red-backed writing journal (it ties into the theme of the novel), and an ARC of Lionel Shriver’s So Much for That. Oh, and a little box of cookies from Two Tarts (delicious) as well as some personally-worded postcards from Erdrich and Shriver. (“Dear Indispensable Reader…”)
Basically, Powell’s has its act together, and it also has my number. Would I have bought these books (in hard cover, no less) on my lonesome? Probably not. Am I glad to have them? Definitely. Sometimes the book buyer just needs a little extra help pulling the trigger. Sending me a surprise package in the mail, complete with cookies? Is all the help I need.
* No, this is not a book by an emerging author or a small press. I am okay with this.