Browse Staff Picks

Get to know our booksellers through their favorite books.


Andrea has been an avid reader all of her life and has delighted in putting the right book into the right hands both personally and professionally for many years. Becoming co-owner of the Galaxy was a dream come true, as talking about books is a passion and the Galaxy has always been her favorite bookstore. … Continue reading Andrea


Sandy has worked at The Galaxy Bookshop since 2000, when she worked during school breaks. Now, as co-owner of the bookstore, she doesn’t get to read on the job like she used to, but still gets excited every time she opens a new box of books. Sandy is the events coordinator, children’s book buyer, and website manager … Continue reading Sandy


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Rachel is a native Vermonter who recently returned home after ten years of exploring. She reads and writes science fiction and fantasy, but also harbors a love for graphic novels, 1920s slice of life stories, and sociopolitical nonfiction. When she manages to extract herself from the word nerd life, she enjoys music, firespinning, and puzzle-solving … Continue reading Rachel


When Diane retired from her work at Sterling college, she was hired by Linda Ramsdell to manage Stardust Books on Craftsbury Common, Galaxy’s former “satellite” bookshop. She oversaw the high school students on their first work experience where they learned about bookselling and the running of a small business. She has been  a substitute staff … Continue reading Diane


Jenn has been an avid reader since kindergarten. She loves reading novels of all kinds, although SciFi and Fantasy are her favorite genre. One of the biggest joys of her life was raising her three boys to be readers. Picking out books and reading out loud was so much fun!  Now that her boys are … Continue reading Jenn


Growing up in Hamilton, Montana, blocks away from an awesome independent bookstore, Marisa got hooked on reading at an early age. In high school she worked at the bookstore and then headed off to the book mecca of Portland, Oregon for college. She came to Walden, Vermont in 2010 for a farming internship and was … Continue reading Marisa


Ross is a retired newspaperman, the former owner and editor of The Hardwick Gazette. He is an avid reader of both non-fiction and fiction. Some of his literary interests include fishing and outdoor exploration, civil rights, and social and cultural histories.  


Ivy is the youngest member of our bookselling family. She likes to help at the store wherever she can and is very proud of her staff picks shelf, which she adds to frequently. Ivy says, “I love these books so much that I read them over and over and over again.” Cloudy With a Chance … Continue reading Ivy


Natalie is our go-to reader for YA fiction. She particularly enjoys things that are complex fantasy with diverse characters. She also enjoys thrillers from the adult fiction section and anything by Emma Donaghue, Libba Bray, Patrick Ness or Andrew Smith.


Boo is our bookstore dog. He loves coming to work with Andrea so that he can greet all of our customers and accept their petting and admiration. His taste in books leans heavily toward canine-inspired literature.