Like many secondhand bookshops, mine has a cat, or I should say Cat, because that is her name. Cat is a dragon. She’s more useful than an actual cat.
Consider this paperback of Shōgun, which turned up yesterday in a box. Nobody wants that book, and I’ve already got two on the shelf. Cat! Take. Good girl. Bye!
She’ll take that airport novel onto the roof and incinerate it safely, giving me back precious shelf space for books that people will actually buy.
Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.