Ladies Who Love Books

 Brandy O'Briant, Founder

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

My love of books and bookstores started with a small independent store in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the 70s, called Page One Books.  Run by a beautiful red-haired woman named Ginger, I spent hours in the store, devouring books, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Boxcar Kids, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary. 

I simply couldn't get enough.  My mother put me on a book budget, which I found completely unacceptable.

Frustrated with this new arrangement, I got on my bike, rode to Page 1 and offered Ginger my services in exchange for books.  She paid me $5 in books for every day I stacked and arranged books.  

After university (English major, of course), I entered the world of advertising, but my love of books never abated. I believe in the power of books to expand horizons and generate understanding between humans. It wouldn't be going too far to say I believe books can change our world for the better.

I started Page 1 Books because I am that friend who always has a book recommendation for you, that friend who knows just which books you will love and will love you back.

 

 

Kristen Haas

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.”

-Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I must give all credit for my love of books and reading to my mother who read to me from birth until that “magic hour” when I first knew I could read. Some of my most treasured volumes were gifted to me by my mother and I would not have met Mary Lennox, Francie Nolan, Anne Shirley, or Jo March without an introduction from her.

I spent a good portion of my youth paging through Scholastic Book Club flyers, earning stars for my Book It! button and reading books hidden under my desk at school or in hymnals at church.

Fast forward many years, one law degree and I am still that girl trying to read all the books in the world. I love reading books, talking about books and visiting every library and indie bookstore I can find. I first met Brandy at Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Anne Bogel introduced us and made sure that we stayed connected.

One day I drove over to help Brandy wrap books for Page 1. Later, she proposed a deal, I accepted and we shared some wine and wrapped more books. I help package books, plan special events and develop ideas for Page 1. We work together to deliver a bespoke book selection that you will love.

 

Norelle Trautt, Page 1 Kids

“Don't try to make me grow up before my time…” 

― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

My love for children’s literature started thanks to one book, Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn. I was pregnant and working at a preschool when I came across the Lola book. I must have read it a dozen times to the kids and as I would read it I would imagine taking my future child to the library just like Lola’s mom did in the story. 

Now with two young kids of my own my love of children’s literature is stronger than ever. I often find myself purchasing picture books because I want to read them and not just for the kids. I enjoy the children’s section at bookstores and the library more than any other section. I get lost in the illustrations and love how you can find books that address any issue or topic. 

My favorite part of the day is sitting on the couch with the kids and reading to them or listening to my oldest read. Our goal at Page 1 Kids is to help you find the perfect book to share with the children in your life. To help you create those special moments reading together.