Mary Fran moved to Falmouth in April 2007 from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (she is a native Washingtonian). She began working at Eight Cousins the following May. Those who know her see work in a bookstore as a "natural" for someone who has always been an avid reader. In fact, she can't remember a time when she didn't have a book going; now at the bookstore she may have two--and even three--going at once.
Early reports indicate that her favorite books were "Green Eyes" and "Noel for Jeanne-Marie." Her father read "The Wind in the Willows" to her so many times he almost had it memorized. In the middle grades she read every horse book in the library (some twice); among her favorites were the books in the Black Stallion series.
Her tastes as an adult run to literary fiction, however mysteries have always been a pleasure (she learned not to call this pleasure "guilty"). Her favorite mystery writer was Elizabeth George, until she killed off Inspector Lynley's wife Helen. So Mary Fran has expanded her interest to include such authors as Jo Nesbo, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and the team of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Among her favorite non-mystery authors are Colum McCann and Sue Monk Kidd. Some of her favorite books are listed below.
When she isn't working at the bookstore or reading, Mary Fran takes care of her house and her dog Jasmine. She hopes some day to have a dog that can work as a therapy dog, especially in programs for children who are struggling with reading. She has four grandchildren who each have a substantial collection of picture books (supplying them with the latest is another pleasure). She also hopes to get back into photography and perhaps have time for travel. Her first long trip will be to Laos to visit her son and his family. Their next post (he's in the State Department) is Mexico, so there is some exotic travel in her future.
Co-owner and book buyer she is putting her love of reading, experience running the store's book club, and keen intelligence to good use. She handles in-store events for grown ups and works with community partners such as Falmouth Museusm on the Green, Falmouth Public Library, and the Woods Hole Public Library on author events and programming.
Outside of Eight Cousins, Mary Fran is a member of the Falmouth Reads Together committee. If you want a recommendation for excellent stories that are off-beat and well-written, ask Mary Fran. If you're feeling a little blue, just come in and talk with her for a bit. Her smile and generosity are guarenteed to make everyone's day even better.