If I’m remembering correctly, I first spotted Shopgirl while spending one glorious holiday season working at Barnes & Noble. I mean, my brain could totally be making that up just because I was surrounded by books, girls, and a shop for several hours a day, but that doesn’t sound nearly as catchy for a opening sentence does it?

So, I first spotted Shopgirl while spending one glorious holiday season at Barnes & Noble. It was a little odd because I didn’t think of Steve Martin as a writer, so I made a note to myself that it would make an interesting read at some point. Which is why I immediately went out and spent the next 20 some odd years avoiding the book.

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