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Christmastime and the Bookman's Legacy

By T. Glen Moody, Ph.D., Curator • Dec 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM

It has been said, when you near 50 years of age, you begin to think about your history and, when you near 70, you think about your legacy.

I'm one of those folks whose body is nearing 70 years but my mind still thinks I'm in my twenties. I've had a varied and interesting life and career, most of it spent in the retail book industry but I was able to wedge in 17 years of college and five academic majors throughout those years. My focus has gone from academic and practical theological studies 52 years ago to modern theoretical neuroscience today. I guess you could say I've come full circle in my academic studies because everything I learn about neuroscience and the human mind simply confirms everything I've learned about theology and the human condition. Either way, we're still flawed humans in need of Redemption.

Speaking of the legacy, I just renewed my bookstore lease for four more years; working with Hull Properties, the current owners of the Fort Henry Mall, has made life and work easier in the twilight of my career. I have accumulated way too many books over my career - maybe 250,000 and counting but I still acquire books every day (don't tell my wife, the accountant). But to wind down this "living the dream" career of mine, at some point I need to start selling more books than I buy.

If you haven't yet been able to appreciate what I Love Books Bookstore offers to the community, perhaps you should give us one last try before Christmas.

For the past several years, we have contracted this space monthly to promote books and inform the public of our unique curated selection of books. This is the last scheduled feature for Sunday Stories as we continue to market and provide information through other media methods; one new approach is "Pointy." It has been fun to promote local authors and books about our region of Appalachia and to help book buyers and collectors find those special titles they want.

We still have plenty of the books on sale that were published by the Kingsport Times News (we bought them all). They include Vince Staten's "UnCONVENTIONAL History of Kingsport," "Soldier Stories from East Tennessee & Southwest Virginia," "Game Time - The Spirit of Sports in the Holston River Valleys," and "Kingsport and the People of the Holston River Valleys Volume 2." We also have books on the Appalachian Trail, local hiking guides, a guide to Tennessee State Parks, Kenneth Murray's "A Day Before Yesterday in Appalachia" and a few dozen (as of this writing) of Earl Carter's collectible "Appalachian Album."

Local engineering genius Dave Hrivnak has just self-published a beautiful book on energy conservation methods focusing on cars and homes. He will be here tomorrow evening (Monday, Dec. 10) signing his books from 6 to 8 pm. We have the book priced $5 lower than other sources.

Keith Donnelly, a very prominent local author, will be here on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 15) signing his series of Donald Youngblood mysteries. There is a special bundle price on the first two books.

Stop by and say hello to both of these local authors.

For Christmas gifts, check with I Love Books Bookstore for special prices on national bestsellers, local authors and special curated selections from our used and collectibles sections. We have over 400 categories of books and some of those categories have as many as 1500 titles in just one section.

The mall is open extended hours beginning Friday until Christmas Eve. We're always here seven days a week, so let us know how we can be of help.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in a few thousand books for your own personal collection or if you'd like to operate your own bookstore, give me a call.

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