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October 12, 2010 / schulerbooks

Rhoda Wolff, Literary Soothsayer!

Michigan literary journalist Bill Castanier (books writer for the Lansing City Pulse, author of the supremely awesome MittenLit blog, and member of the Board of the Kerrytown BookFest and the Michigan Notable Book Awards – he is THE MAN when it comes to the Michigan book scene!) has put in writing something I’ve long suspected: Rhoda Wolff, general manager of the Lansing Schuler location, is a freaky gypsy woman. Ok, so what he specifically said is that she’s “a soothsayer of sorts,” but I like my version better. Check out his piece on Michigan author Heather Sellers upcoming memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know (which drops on Tuesday!) in which he name-checks Rhoda (and says some nice things about our Lansing-area stores!)

Oh, and Sellers just happened to get a fantastic piece in the New York Times Book Review. How about that?! 🙂

Also, make sure you SAVE THE DATE for Seller’s Girls’ Night Out author event at the Lansing store at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, and at our 28th St. location in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 12!

Hope College professor’s book subject of full-page review in NYTimes

Sunday, 10 October 2010, 13:50

Rhoda Wolff, manager of Schuler Books and Music in the Eastwood Towne Center, is a soothsayer of sorts. Like E.F. Hutton when she speaks you should listen. For months she has been talking up a new and quite bizarre memoir, “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I know”. She’s been saying you have to read this unusual book by Heather Sellers about a woman who has this rare malady: “She can’t recognize people’s faces.”

And today in the New York Times Book Review there it is subject to a a full page review by Mary Roach, author of “Packing for Mars”.

It would seem like having a schizophrenic mother, an alcoholic father who cross dresses and an alcoholic husband would be enough pain, but Heather Sellers can’t recognize faces, even her own in a home movie. She sees them, but the neurological dysfunction called prosopagnosia doesn’t allow her to compile the features and store them in her brain for later recall.

Roach says that those with the characteristic “love conferences” where everyone wears a nametag. Sellers’ characteristic, according to Roach, helped her deal with the uncertainity of a family gone astray. In her book, Sellers writes “I was used to being blindsided.” I guess that gives new meaning to a blind date.

The one item the book review fails to mention is that Heather Sellers overcame her problem to become a professor at Hope College in Holland Michigan.

Schuler Books and Music stores in Lansing and Okemos have had a great run with author appearances recently. John Sandford and Emma Donoghue have done in-store signings and both are now on the New York Times Best Sellers List for fiction. Sandford’s “Bad Blood” is number four and Emma Donoghue’s “ROOM” is number nine while perennial top seller David Sedaris will be rolling into town on November 15 to promote his new book, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary”. Sellers will be visiting two Schuler locations to promote her book: Wednesday, October 27, 7:00pm, Eastwood, Lansing and Thursday, December 12,- 7:00pm, 28th St, Grand Rapids.


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