Stepping foot into the growing book store, it’s easy to see why Mooneyham is able to generously hand over piles and piles of books and the occasional cassette or CD collection.
Returning some years ago to her Yellow Springs roots after a life of theater work in New York, Mooneyham has been helping her mother extensively revamp the store, clearing shelves of outdated materials and working on an efficient dating system.
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“I’ve been here long enough that I have a great sense of what will sell and what won’t sell,” Mooneyham said. “People I know come and say, ‘oh I picked up a travel book from your box, it was great!’”
Mooneyham’s unwillingness to dumpster old and used books is only one of Dark Star Books’ charming qualities. Mr. Eko, the 11-year-old feline who oversees productivity in the store, is always ready to give away free love to anyone in need.