ABOUT

The goal of Whitelam Books is to provide the people of Reading and surrounding communities with personal, insightful service to obtain the next great book they'll read or give as a gift. We are committed to making this world a better place now and for future generations by promoting the value of and pleasure in reading and supporting efforts that enrich life in our community.

In addition to offering a curated selection of new books across a wide variety of genres, Whitelam Book also offers other unique literary gift items including mugs, t-shirts and prints, toys and board games, and storybook-related toys and puppets, greeting cards, and reading-related items like reading glasses and book lights.

Beyond retail, the book store strives to be a gathering place and an epicenter of community events. We regularly host author book signings and readings; book clubs, children's story times, and events that tie in with other Reading businesses and organizations.

TEAM
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Nicolle Armistead

ASSISTANT MANAGER/BOOKSELLER

 

Favorite books:  Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman

 

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Jess Holleran 

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

VIRTUAL BOOKSELLER

 

Favorite book: impossible to pick, but it's a tie between Invisible Life of Addie Larue and Gideon the Ninth.

Favorite children's book:  

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake or The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry.

Liz Whitelam

OWNER/BOOKSELLER

 

Favorite all-time book:  it's trite, but true:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Favorite children's book:  The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards.

Kaliisha Cole

BOOKSELLER

 

Favorite recent reads:

Thorn by Intisar Khanani, Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore, and Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas.

Daisy Giunta

BOOKSELLER

Favorite book:  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Favorite children’s book:  Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

Staci Fleury
 

BOOKSELLER

Favorite books: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Michael Gravante

 
 

BOOKSELLER

Favorite Books: Better Together,

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, 
Never Always Sometimes, Broken Horses

BOOKSELLER

Favorite books: The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

 

Favorite children's books: I love you stinky face, Potato Pants

Katie Gabriello
 
Priscilla Hollenbeck

BOOKSELLER

Favorite Books:  Trinity, The Mists of Avalon, Wicked.

Harriet Lyons

BOOKSELLER

Favorite books:  Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, and Adrift.

Favorite children's books:  Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb; Mr. Shaw’s Shipshape Shoe Shop; Fox in Socks; and Little Fur Family.

Barbara O'Leary

BOOKSELLER

 

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." 

  -Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Jane Jolkovski

BOOKSELLER

Favorite author: Barbara Kingsolver

Fun fact: Majored in Modern American Poetry

Pax Nova
 
 

BOOKSELLER

Recent and all-time favorites: The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Graveyard Book, Fun Home, Tales of the City