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Meet Nadine Vassallo of Book Soup in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadine Vassallo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nadine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am the newly-appointed store manager here at Book Soup, having worked at the store since January 2016. Prior to that, I was in the publishing world in New York City, where I worked with Penguin Group, Phaidon Press, Borders, and as a research project manager at the very niche non-profit trade association, the Book Industry Study Group.

Early last year, I left my home on the East Coast to pursue a very different dream than the one that brings most people to Los Angeles: the dream of selling books for a living! I’m fortunate to have found a home at Book Soup.

Has it been a smooth road?
The decision to move across the country and take a massive pay cut in order to do something I feel passionate about wasn’t necessarily an easy one! But, the joy of working with something I love (books, and connecting readers with them) and the pleasure of doing work I’m truly proud of easily outweigh any of the worries.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Book Soup – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Book Soup has been a fixture of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood since its founding in 1975. Like other independent bookstores, it’s distinguished from its corporate counterparts by the ability to cater directly to its community’s needs. As such, Book Soup is known for its celebrity clientele; stellar selection of music and film books, fiction, and memoirs/biographies; in-demand limited edition and autographed stock; and high-profile author events.

More than anything else, though, I’m proud of our staff. Book Soup’s booksellers are the best in the business: well-read, approachable, engaged and engaging, with a wide range of passionate interests, and an offbeat quirkiness utterly free of pretense. You won’t find a less stuffy bookshop on the face of the planet (I’ve looked)!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I often joke that I moved here for the avocados and because there’s no time of year when I need to wear socks. The sad thing is that actually holds up!

I have yet to discover anything I truly dislike about Los Angeles, though I do wish I lived in closer proximity to good bagels.

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