Ansley’s Favorite Book of 2014: THE PAYING GUESTS


Every year, our marketing department works with our booksellers and book buyers to put together our Winter Catalog, a collection of our favorite books of 2014 along with recommendations for holiday gifts. Booksellers submit competing essays about their favorite books and the winners are featured in the full-color, glossy pages of the catalog. Tons of brainstorming goes into determining the catalog’s theme and setting up the big photo shoot. 

This year’s theme is DIY, inspired by Amy Sedaris’ book, Simple Times. Throughout December, we’re highlighting the catalog’s featured booksellers here on the blog, as well as providing a bit of behind-the-scenes info on its creation.

Ansley’s favorite book of 2014: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

“Post-World War I England is a damaged and dreary place. The Wray women have been left with no choice but to take in boarders. Lilian and Leonard Barber move in not only their furniture, but their…

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