Shopping at an Indie: 'Dinner with the Love of Your Life'

Ottessa Moshfegh

"In L.A., I live several blocks from Skylight Books, which is a great bookstore. When I'm in New York, I tend to go to McNally Jackson or the Strand, and when I'm in Boston, there's a really good bookstore in my hometown, which is a suburb of Boston, called Newtonville Books. And those are the ones I know the best. I think the difference between going into an indie bookstore and going into a Barnes & Noble is like the difference between going out to dinner with the love of your life versus going on a blind date with someone you met on OkCupid. At indie bookstores there's so much more human thought put into the way books are arranged and presented."

--Ottessa Moshfegh, whose novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin) is the #1 July Indie Next List pick, in a q&a with Bookselling This Week.
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