In the 6th grade, I dressed as Dolly Parton for Halloween. As a child growing up in the 80’s, Dolly seemed to be everywhere - TV, movies, radio - and I loved every second. I’ve seen 9 to 5 more than any other movie, I’ve been to Dollywood and seeing her live was a bucket list item fulfilled about 5 years ago.
This fact-filled and inspirational biography taught me a thing or two about her career and life and doesn’t only talk about her successes.
We cannot let today’s children miss out on Dolly! No other public figure has ever taught me how to sparkle and shine like she has. “Dream More, learn more, care more, and be more” is her motto - isn’t that a good lesson for today’s kids? -Jeremy, McNally Jackson Cafe Manager
Jeremy with his goddaughter, Pearle.
You’ve all spent enough time with me at this point to know I’d rather chew glass than pretend to like something that I don’t, so I hope you realize that what I’m about to say is not just blowing smoke up Kate’s ass to be nice.
Kate’s new book, Greenglass House, is out today, and it is easily one of the best middle grade novels of 2014. In case you need a second opinion, the head of children’s collections for the NYPL has already named it a strong contender for the Newbery, which is the children’s book equivalent of Scorsese going “someone should give that kid an Oscar.”
There’s a copy of the book on the lunch counter in the office labeled STAFF COPY- READ ME. I would love for you to read a few pages (or more) as your break/ section time allows, and for you to join me in enthusiastically recommending it to our middle grade (ages 8ish-12ish) customers.
Kate’s launch party is here at the store tonight. There’s cake involved.