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Ravenroost Books

Hopewell Jct, New York, USA

Ravenroost Books specializes in Books By And About Edgar Allan Poe, Botany, Gardening, Horticulture, Classic Literature And Poetry, First Editions, Natural History And History Of Science, Non-Fiction And Reference Books, Orchids And Orchid Culture, The Sciences And Medicine.

About Ravenroost Books

You are invited to browse our special selections in the physical and life sciences, history of medicine, natural history, botany, gardening, horticulture, landscape and garden design, orchid culture and plant lore. We also offer a diverse general stock of classic literature, fiction, poetry, first editions, science fiction, illustrated works, non-fiction, hobbies & crafts, reference books and those hard-to-find eclectic oddities.

Biblio Member Since
2003

Ravenroost Books

P.O. Box 535
Hopewell Jct, NY 12533-0535 USA

Terms of sale for Ravenroost Books

Domestic orders are shipped via Media Mail (Standard Option) or Priority Mail. International orders are sent using First Class Mail International (Standard option) or Priority Mail International (Expedited option). Shipping rates are determined the actual costs by method, weight, size of package and geographic destination.

Our shipping fees are based on average books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. To reduce your costs, we can use the more economical flat rate services whenever possible if your order will fit into the required packaging, but please be aware many books will NOT be eligible for this option. Shipping rates are based upon actual cost to destination and average book size and weight. Other options may be available depending on your specific location and the size of your package. Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any questions.

Where applicable, international customers are responsible for paying any required customs duties, fees and taxes as required by their country.We want your complete satisfaction. Items may be returned for a refund for any reason. We request that the returned item(s) be in the same condition received, unused and carefully repacked, and returned within 10 business days by an insured or traceable shipping method. Original shipping and handling fees are not refundable. The customer pays for return shipping unless there has been an error on our part. We do request that you give prior notice by email for any returns. If you have ordered directly from us, your refund will be processed upon arrival and inspection of the returned item.

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Interview with Susan Pav of Ravenroost Books

When did you get started in bookselling?
While working as a research scientist in the 1990s, the mystique and challenge of scouting for, researching and learning about vintage and scarce titles drew me in as a hobby.
What drew you to bookselling?
Since early childhood I have always been an avid reader. The library was a treasured refuge, opening the door for me to the outside world, to science and to a quest to keep learning and exploring.
Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
The books themselves were always my mentors, although I have to say the books of John Dunning propelled me into the lure and excitement of book scouting.
What are your specialties as a dealer?
I started out gravitating toward those subject areas closest to my professional and personal interests-natural sciences, biology, botany and botanical illustration, history of science and medicine, gardening, cooking...but also have a liberal arts background and appreciate literature, poetry (and of course Edgar Allan Poe who once upon a midnight dreary inspired the name Ravenroost). Occasional forays into sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and escapist fiction have made my book quests and offerings pretty eclectic.
What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
There have been plenty I would have liked to keep, but sharing these gems and entrusting them into the care of others is very satisfying to me.
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
Every book is a new experience. And for every book, a good home.
Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
As I started out as a part time hobbyist, I evolved into the flexibility of cyberspace as my preferred storefront.
If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
My "bookstore" pets have included little parrots and rescued felines. While they do not help out physically in the bookstore areas, they often remind me to stop for meals and snacks.
What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
I guess it is a toss up between when a bat somehow flew in to my main book room (I took off the screens of the windows, closed the door and let Boris find his own way out) and when I answered the phone only to hear a very familiar voice which at first I could not place. It was not until later in the conversation when discussing payment and delivery options that I realized I was speaking with a famous talk show host/literary critic/celebrity. Sorry I can't drop the name-I value my customers' privacy as much as my own!
What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
Oh, there are so many-I honestly don't have an answer. Each bookshop is a realm unto itself.
What do you personally like to read? Collect?
I oscillate between escapist fiction for reading and gardening and nature for collecting. I also dabble in the grey zone of commonalities among sciences and various religious philosophies.
What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
Another impossible question. Lets just say there are some that would be last on my list to re-home before I depart this world!
What one book would you buy if price were no object?
I cannot even imagine that scenario.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
Probably some sort of survival or field guide, a foraging "cookbook" and an anthology of escapist fiction to distract me from my dire situation.