Author: Joe Perlman

Embracing the Unexpected – Joe Perlman

The following article was originally published in the Summer 2008 issue of The Standard. One of the best things about being in the used book business is that you never know what to expect. When you get up in the…

Three Continents, Eight Countries: A Travel Journal

Even in non-English speaking countries there are numerous reasons why I like to visit bookshops. I am always interested in and am often surprised by what English language books actually get translated into foreign languages. If there is an English language section, I like to see what the shop thinks will appeal to English speaking visitors. If I am lucky, I can pick up an English translation of a foreign author or local folk tales that is not easily obtainable in the U.S.

Embracing the Unexpected

There is an old Yiddish expression that translates as “Man plans, God laughs.” While some may find this troubling, for me, it is part of the fun and excitement of the hunt. One of the things you quickly learn when you become a book dealer is to embrace the unexpected.

Live Free or Die: A Book Dealer’s Travels in New Hampshire

n mid-January we spent a long weekend in New Hampshire, where the populace has extended “You are your own chairperson” even further through their motto “Live Free or Die.” My wife is an avid Nordic skier, so we have a tradition of spending Martin Luther King weekend up in New England. She bundles up and braves the cold, while I crank up the car and check out the used bookstores.

A Book Dealer Visits Peru, or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation

In July I fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting Peru, accompanied by my wife and two adult children. The trip was exceedingly difficult to prepare for as we were traveling to a wide variety of locations, altitudes, and climates, but…