Allison K Hill
Allison K Hill writes about books, authors, the reading life, and Southern California’s incredible contribution to the literary landscape. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of two nationally recognized independent bookstores, Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena and Book Soup in West Hollywood, and a frequent contributor to the The Huffington Post book section. You can reach Allison through her website at www.AllisonKHill.com, or follow her on Tumblr at readingalovestory.tumblr.com.
This column was supposed to be about something else. But sometimes a book stops you in your tracks, derails the Sunday morning you had earmarked for chores and emails and bills, and simply commands your attention. Over breakfast I picked up the copy of Maile Meloy’s novel “Do Not Become Alarmed” that had been sitting on my night stand — a book that had been recommended by a colleague and written by a Los Angeles-based author I’ve always meant...