And then, one evening, my friend Paige, who lives in Alabama, called me to tell me she had stopped at Sam's Club on her way home from work. She said, "Honey, they have your books here and I'm looking at them right now."
I told her she should point to them and say really loudly, "I heard that these are really good books!" but she declined, saying that no one else was around just then.
Of course, after that I had to make a reconnaissance trip to my own local Sam's Club to see for myself. I only had one problem: I'm not actually a member. So I called the Sam's Club in Waukesha, Wisconsin and talked to Mike, one of the managers. I explained who I was and that I wanted to come in and see the books, and also take some pictures, if that would be okay. There was a really long pause. I don't think Mike gets this kind of call very often. But he was gracious and said yes, that would be fine and that I should check in at the desk when I arrived.
I enlisted my partner in crime--my mom--and we set out. It was a Saturday.
A lovely woman named Donna greeted us at the door. When I explained why I was there she enthusiastically shook my hand, which really warmed my heart.
We checked in at the front desk and got the all clear, then headed back to the book section. This is what it looked like:
|The book section at the Sam's Club in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in September 2011|
As I got closer I was thrilled to see that my two books occupied four spots:
|Count 'em! Four spots.|
And that I was surrounded by the likes of Ann Patchett and Stieg Larson. Good company!
I was going to talk my books up, but just like the day Paige was there, no one else was around. So I took some photos and then Mom and I toured the store. I couldn't believe all the stuff they sell. Furniture--did you know they sell furniture at Sam's Club? Recliners and dining room sets and futons. Everything looked pretty nice too. I marveled over the cheap office supplies and boxes of granola bars and neon signs for businesses that say "Open," and "Closed." I was tempted to buy a set and hang them in my kitchen, but since I'm not a member of the club, it wasn't an option.
All in all it was a fun outing.