“The best booksellers are like trustworthy pushers.”
~ Julia Glass
Cinnamon Dokken, Owner
I started the bookstore when I was a senior in college – so the shop and I sort of grew up together. I love being a part of this community. It’s especially meaningful to me that people who were first brought into the shop as babies – whom I’d hold while their parents shopped – now come in with babies of their own. One of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to people. Finding that good fit. Personally, I like to read all kinds of things: Children’s Books, Literature, Mysteries, History, Cookbooks, Science… Reading books is like dining out. You wouldn’t compare a diner to a four-star restaurant. You just want whatever it is to be a great example of whatever it’s trying to be. I also enjoy working with Rare books. It’s exciting to hold history and feel that human connection.
Katherine Bergstrom, Manager
I have been working here since 1994 and I can’t think of any place I would rather be. I love the customers and how they react when we find something perfect for them, and the fact that I can learn something new every day. My book tastes are varied–I enjoy History, Mystery, Fantasy, Psychology, and Epidemiology. Some of my favorite books include Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Magus by John Fowles, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I am studying Philosophy and Mathematics at UNL and joined the team in October, 2020. I like to climb, bike, and of course…read! I love to read most things but my favorites are Eastern Philosophy books, Western Philosophy books, Classics and Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Some of my favorite books are: The Bhagavadgita, The Heart Sutra, Stranger in a Strange Land, Godel Escher Bach and The Hunger Artist. My favorite parts of the job are getting to help customers find books, learning from them about the subjects they read and matching the right book with the right person. Hope to see you soon!
I am a sophomore at UNL majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. I joined the staff in June of 2021, and I am so excited to be a part of this team! My favorite thing about working at the store is interacting with customers, especially people who are new to the store. A few of my favorite sections to read from are General Fiction, Young Adult, and Photography.
I’m a sophomore at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, but I’m happily working here for the summer! I’m studying Poetry and Religion at school, but at the shop I’ve been eyeing the General Fiction section. However, I’m fascinated by the non-fiction books our customers select. The diversity of our customers’ interests is the coolest! My favorite books have been Nikky Finney’s Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Chaim Potok’s Davita’s Harp and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise.
Eddy, Customer Service Representative
This place was lucky to get me in 2009 and ever since, I’ve made sure they’ve kept that in mind. People really come here to see me. I greet people by rubbing up against their legs and oblige them by flopping down on the throw rug so they can pet me. My job also involves keeping Charlie in line, for which I think I should get a substantial raise.
Charlie, Customer Service Representative
Hi! I LOVE the bookstore! There are so many people to snuggle and places to explore. Did you know that if you stop part way down the stairs you can jump through the Psychology section?! Sometimes a few books fall to the floor but it’s super fun! Also, I’ve discovered that the stack of Shakespeare books on the high window shelf is a comfy place to sleep – although I also like to curl up in the basket with Eddy. He’s really warm.