Our Story


Our Story

No surprise, at PPB we buy and sell books we love.  Before the store, I used to read at least two books a week, and have one going in my car, too.  Now I know I need help to get a ton of books read each month so we can make knowledgeable recommendations over a wide range.  So I have my beloved PPB Readers attacking big big stacks of new fiction and non-fiction releases, and re-visiting paperbook goodies too.  In our new window-lit "Recommendation Room" you'll find photos of each of us and our latest loves - all with a personal review tucked inside.  Come visit and let us point you in a beautiful book direction! — Sandy


Our Readers

Our Readers


Sandy Koropp

Sandy's tastes are all over the place:  new fiction mostly, but also young adult, American history, every kind of cookbook, and an occasional thriller.  She often follows a great "big" read with something quick and cozy; she calls them her "Happies."



Wendy Durkin

My reading taste is an eclectic mix: I love historical fiction and what I call "narrative nonfiction" (nonfiction that narrates historical events in a story-like fashion). I am also an avid reader of contemporary fiction, all sorts, and am starting to re-engage in my past fascination for good mystery writing.  I lean toward books that favor character development over action. 

Cathy Higley

My taste in books tends to run the gamut. I enjoy historical fiction and fiction. If I find an author I like, I will read many of their books. Fiction from older novelists as well as the new up and coming are a delight to me. Occasionally I will delve into non fiction, but it should be historical in nature.


Jenny Riddle

I'm a fan of biography because I'm always amazed at the universality of the human experience.  In fiction, well-written novels that explore relationships and personal growth are my favs.  With all books, I love the surprise of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.


Emma Koropp 

Buyer for Children and Young Adults

Like my mom, I’m a bit all over the place. I love biographies, short stories, coming-of-age and graphic novels, but the one thing that ties my faves together is quirkiness. I love me a character with quirk.

Paula Wilding

As C.S. Lewis said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." I have a background in publishing and teaching college-level English courses, so words and books are my professional and personal passion. My reading tastes range from charming European novels to the Founding Fathers to Christian living. I do like recent fiction but am always glad to read a classic, especially Shakespeare. My interest in nonfiction has increased over the years. I have favorites that I return to every few years yet love tackling a big book that can also be used as a doorstop! After living in Wheaton for eight years, I have come to understand the wisdom always carrying a book with me because you never know when you will get stuck at the train tracks.

Jennifer Houghton

I look for two things when reading: a compelling narrative and quality writing. When I find both in one book, you'll get a two thumbs up recommendation from this satisfied reader. I prefer to get drawn into a good collection of essays, but while I hover closely to nonfiction I have no qualms about digging into a novel. Guilty confession: If there is a dog in the story or on the cover of any book, I'll read it.

Betsy Westhoff

I love to read fiction that transports me to another place or perspective.  But I also love to read fiction where I find a character simpatico to myself- sometimes I am reminded about something I love or loathe in a beautiful passage.  As I age, I find I have less “tolerance” for mediocre writing—and much much appreciation for beautiful, heart rending passages.  It’s funny that two of my favorite books of the past few years were non fiction—but still ones that made me laugh, cry and took me out of my comfort zone—and then right back into it:  "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo and "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey.