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Editor's Corner (July)

By: Amy Reynolds

The buzz in our national association of booksellers is diversity. If you're visiting Traverse City on vacation, diversity may not be your primary goal, but visiting our bookstore can invite an exploration of books from all over the world. Reading a book that speaks to you and identifies with you personally can be validating and wonderful. Whether one is choosing a book for yourself or another, adult or child, we can help expose you to different cultures, countries, religions, and languages. Kate Hansen and Dave Noller, employees here, are just back from a trip to Central Mexico where they took more than 25 students for a cultural experience of a lifetime. These students volunteered at an orphanage, a street dog rescue, and attended Spanish school. Kate made sure they visited the market, local coffee shops, residents, and ethnic celebrations. Is there a better way to make citizens of the world? Here are some suggestions to continue and deepen their recent experience: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and for children Abuela by Arthur Dorros, a picture book and Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez, a chapter book.