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A hedgehog walks into a bookstore ...

“Are you sitting down?”, the e-mail began.   “No, I mean really…..are you sitting down?  You’re not even going to believe this!!”

This note from Hilary Emerson Lay, the manager at The Spirit of ’76 bookstore in Marblehead, Mass., greeted me last Monday morning.  Yes, I was sitting down (hand wrapped firmly around my second cup [...]