Make Way for Fifty Shades of Grey

We’re open in the evenings in the summer and December. The store is usually much quieter, people spend more time browsing, and the age range of our customer changes significantly. Not that we don’t get young customers in the evenings, just not as many. It’s almost as if Eight Cousins has a split personality. Energetic, lively, and busy during the day; calm, quiet, and mellow at night. Insider tip for you.

The other night a customer picked up a copy of Make Way for Ducklings (Puffin Books, $7.99 and $18.99). Before making his purchase, he asked if we had a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.  These moments delight me. Make Way for Ducklings and Fifty Shades of Grey? That is by far one of the best purchase sets I’ve had the pleasure of ringing up lately. Moreover, these books are such an interesting commentary on the book industry. I doubt anyone needs an introduction to 50 Shades; it’s been on the best-seller list for months. The peak sales were over the summer and although the mania is waning, people are still talking about it. It’s spawned articles, internet movie spoofs, fan fiction, even a cookbook parody (Fifty Shades of Chicken is now available in stock) all in a relatively short time. Conversely, Make Way for Ducklings is a children’s classic and was written by Robert McCloskey over 70 years ago. It won the Caldecott Award in 1941 and its beautifully rendered line drawings continue to enchant adults and children alike. The statue in the Boston Public Gardens is a tourist attraction and a great destination for a kids’ day out. It’s also one of the books we keep multiple copies of on hand at all times and in the the 26 years that the store has been open it has rarely been out of stock. Bestsellers are a funny thing.

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