Ramsey, N.J. (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
The country lost more than a place to relax while perusing books, music and magazines when Borders Books and Music closed all stores in September 2011. The country also lost more than 11,000 jobs. This new book details the liquidation of the Borders store in Ramsey, just one of many that closed its doors just months after liquidation companies bought the company in July 2011. The once-proud store took on a new persona, covered with “going out of business” banners and discount signs, and the staff struggles to deal with the closure.
Sold Everywhere but Borders tells the story of liquidation through the eyes of more than 10 employees, whose tales are brought together by narrator Becca, who had been at the store just over a month when employees heard the devastating news. Through thick and thin, the employees realize one thing keeps them coming back to the store – their relationships with each other. The author’s deep feelings about losing the store ring out clearly, as in this passage from the preface: “We, the employees of Ramsey Borders, were forced to facilitate our beloved bookstore’s death.”
Even as employees mourned the store, however, its liquidation brought out courage and the confidence to take on new challenges and work on dreams they had neglected while working at Borders. “We were more than the lanyard that hung around our necks and bore our names,” she writes. Poems, drawings, photographs and cartoons add depth to this realistic picture of what can happen when a deeply loved institution ceases to exist and its toll on both customers and staff.
Author Rebecca Van Der Jagt, who began working at Borders in June 2011, is pursuing a Masters degree in Sociology and Education at Columbia Teachers College. She hopes to become both a writer and an educator.
For additional information, please visit http://www.everywherebutborders.com.
Sold Everywhere but Borders
Rebecca Van Der Jagt
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0921-6 152 pages $11.95 US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
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