Occupation: Martha Southgate, author, Book Court, Brooklyn

Occupation: Martha Southgate, author, Book Court
Martha Southgate's book The Taste of Salt has sold out in the Brooklyn bookstore she works in part-time, which is the sort of compliment authors cherish. "It's about a woman who's a marine biologist and her relationship to a generation of alcoholism in her family," she says. The book shows us how the mistakes people make affect everyone around them.

Her prose has been called soft and fluid and authentic, which is just how the author herself comes across. As she serves customers in Book Court, Broolyn, which has an impressive assortment of titles for the literary-minded and child at heart, she's quietly happy. Calm and smiling, I get the feeling she has reached contentment. What a lovely place to be.

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