Pine Bookseller Offers Diversity For All Seasons

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The Rim country doesn't have a full-blown, franchised book store carrying all of the latest literary releases.

It has something better: A Book for All Seasons, located only slightly off the beaten track in Pine.

Think about it. At, say, a Barnes & Nobel or Waldenbooks, your choices are limited to material that's hot off the presses, and it's removed from the shelves as soon as customer apathy threatens to set in.

But through Kimberly Truitt, the owner of A Book for All Seasons, book-lovers can get their hands on just about any title that's ever been printed.

For example.

"This woman came in when I first opened and asked for a book titled 'Pleasant Valley,' by one of her ancestors a writer named Frank Gillette," Truitt said. "She had never seen a copy and wanted one. Well, this was a locally-published book, and tracking those down can be very hard. But I searched and searched, and called her probably 15 times saying, 'I can't even find that this book exists!' But she was sure that it did.

"I looked for six months. Lo and behold, I finally found it. So I called her and said, 'I hate to tell you this, but it's going to cost you $75 but she was just elated! Then I got the thrill of telling her that the copy I'd found was signed by the author, her ancestor. So now, she has a book not only by her family member, but it's signed."

That's just one of many happen endings this Washington state native has brought about since she bought and opened the store in September of 2000. Very often, they aren't nearly so complicated; visitors regularly find what they're looking for in Truitt's inventory of 15,000 used trade paperbacks and hardback books all at bargain prices.

"Half of the original cover price is my basic rule of thumb when it comes to pricing trade paperbacks," Truitt said. "Hardbacks and specialty books are marked individually. And I do take books in for trade. That way, instead of paying half price for that trade paperback, you only pay a quarter of the price."

"... People absolutely adore my store," Truitt said. "There's still a lot of people who don't know about me, but people who've been here normally will always come back. I get a huge, positive response."

A Book for All Seasons is located at 6306 W. Hardscrabble Road in Pine, about two blocks west of Highway 87. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Wednesday. For more information, call 476-5152.

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