Chuck, along with his partner Dee, founded Village Books in June of 1980. Chuck is an eclectic reader who is often in the midst of several books. He loves the fiction of Pat Conroy, John Updike, Barbara Kingsolver, Pete Dexter and many others. He also reads many business books and other nonfiction.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel set in depression-era New York City. This is a great character-driven (as opposed to plot-driven) book. Those characters are rich and deep, including the main character--the city itself. The evocation of time and place is palpable. --Chuck
Ostensibly about tracing the provenance of a large collection of netsuke, the book is a family, cultural and artistic history of Europe over the course of more than 100 years. From Paris, where Charles Ephrussi rubs elbows with the Impressionists, to Vienna where the family, along with thousands of other Jewish families, loses it's home to the Nazi's, the story is both intensely personal and broadly universal.
Once again, the richness of Ford's prose carries an unusual story of a young boy who finds refuge in Canada after his feckless father engineers a bank heist and both parents are sent to jail. A great story about crossing lines, both literally and literarily. --Chuck
I've been a raving fan of Pat Conroy's work since reading Lords of Discipline in 1981. He's a magnificent storyteller who develops characters that are truly unforgettable. South of Broad puts one more notch in Conroy's belt of great novels. And, in this book, Charleston is one of the main characters. --Chuck
Robert Spector reflects on his own experience of growing up in his Father's butcher shop as well as the experiences of many small business operators across the country--including Village Books--to explore the importance of independent, local businesses to the economy of our country. This is a must-read for anyone interested in preserving local communities. --Chuck