From Selling Books to Selling Life
Charing Cross Street is the most famous bookstore street in London. From the largest female bookstore in Europe to the first detective novel store in Europe, from independent bookstores to large chain ones, 1, it is a scenic spot worth visiting over and over again. The 84 Charing Cross Street, 2 as the Love Bible, tells the story of the New York woman writer Helene Hanff and the London bookseller Frank Percy Doel. It has been 3 into dozens of languages. Broadcasting, stage plays, and movies continue to interpret this friendship based on books. Charing Cross Street has thus become a 4 landmark in London, attracting many literary enthusiasts and tourists with its unique literary charm.
However, today's situation is no longer the same. With the closing of a number of chain bookstores, some independent bookstores have begun to think about how to 5the British literary tradition with dignity. Recently, British book agents, writers, bookshop operators and other groups gathered here to explore the 6 model of the future bookstore.
Judging from the current business model, those who can survive are completing the 7 from selling books to selling life. Perhaps the literary lifestyle of the British, which is deep into the bone, should be considered as the most 8 secrets. As the largest independent bookstore in the United Kingdom, Waterstone is currently undergoing design changes by LDS, a British architectural firm. Architect Alex said they 9 improving customer experience and planned to build multiple space. "We will have some small rooms full of books, like private study rooms, in which one can discuss his works with the author." The focus of the future physical bookstore is on creating an atmosphere. 10, bars and cafes are an essential part of the bookstore. Booksellers and authors generally believe that bookstores must develop in the direction of a cultural 11 so that people come here for a lot of money, attending concerts, watching movies, or participating in discussions.
Some writers say that physical bookstores can 12 their business beyond selling books and provide cultural services to customers. Other writers believe that bookstores can 13 a membership system. 14 discounts, members are given the opportunity to attend lectures, literary gatherings and meetings with authors, and corresponding membership activities are 15 for children and students, and visiting bookstores has become part of the daily lives of more people as a cultural leisure method.
When I was a teenager I volunteered to work at the water station at a 10,000m race. My job was to 1 water to the runners. I remember being so 2 to see all the different kinds of people who passed by and grabbed a cup of water. Some ran past, some walked past and a few wheeled past. I saw so many types of people doing it. I thought maybe I could do it too! So the next year I 3 up for the race.
That first 10,000m race was quite an 4. I jogged, I walked, I jogged and I walked. 5, I didn't know if I could finish. Then came a defining (决定性) 6.
At one point near the end, a 70-year-old man ran past me, very, very fast, and I felt 7 because I was 50 years younger than he but I couldn't even keep up with him. I felt 8 for a second.
But then I 9 something. He was running his race and I was running mine. He had 10 abilities, experience, training and goals for himself. I had mine. Remember my 11 was only to finish.
After a minute, it12 me that this was a lesson I could draw from. I learned something about myself in that moment. I turned my embarrassment into 13.
I 14 that I would not give up on running races. In fact, I would run even more races and I would learn how to train and prepare 15 and one day I would be one of those 70-year-old persons who were still running. As I crossed the finish line, I was proud of my 16.
In life we all have those moments where we 17 ourselves to others. It's only 18. Don't allow those moments to 19 you. Turn them into motivation and let them inspire you. With the proper preparation and training, you can improve your result to 20 anything you want in life.
I lay there buried alive under our house when the bomb hit our city. The great 1 started by the bomb came nearer and nearer to us as workers tried to 2 us. “Hurry! ” they cried to one another as the flames(火焰) came nearer. At last they reached us and 3 me and my mother out from under everything 4 the flames reached us .
Later, as I thought of the pilot of the plane that 5 the bomb on our city, I cried, “I hate him. I hate him.” The people with marked faces from the 6 of the bomb made me cry, “I hate him.” I saw people suffering a terrible, 7 death. Again and again I cried as I saw these people, “I hate him!”
Some time later, that man appeared in a meeting I 8 . As I looked at him, I 9 him very much. Then I listened to what he told us of his 10 the day when he dropped the bomb on our city. I heard him say, “When I flew over the city 11 we dropped the bomb, I cried, 'Oh, God ,what have I 12 '.” I could see that he found it 13 to speak of that day.
As this happened I suddenly 14 my hatred (仇恨) of him was 15. It only made me unhappy also. As I did this, it was as if a heavy load (负担)16my shoulders. Then I decided to 17 him. I did so and my life was 18.
I now help those who suffer from 19 other people. I try to help them to 20 everyone, as I am now able to do.
If you have a watch,don't repair it!I know it1.Once I had a beautiful watch.And this watch2perfect time. But one night it happened that I forgot to3it up.Next morning I went to a watchmaker as I wanted my perfect watch to4by the exact time.The watchmaker examined my watch and said:“The regulator（校准器）is to be pushed up5your watch is four minutes6.”
I tried to stop him,tried to7him understand that my watch kept perfect time,but he did not listen to me and pushed the regulator.
My beautiful watch began to gain time.It8faster and faster day by day.By the end of the second month it 9all the clocks and watches of the town far behind.
What did I have to do?To take it to another watchmaker to be regulated.I expected him to regulate the watch immediately10he asked me to come in a week's time.When at last I took my watch from him it began to11down. And I began to be late for trains,business appointments and even missed my dinners.
Now I went to12watchmaker.While I waited for him to repair my poor watch,he13it to pieces and said that he could finish this work14three or four days.I could do nothing but15. That time my watch went for half a day and then stopped.
So I kept16my watch from one watchmaker to another for a considerable period of time.And as a result of it the cleverest man in the world could not17the time by my watch.The thing was getting18.My watch had19 two hundred dollars originally but I paid for repairs more than two hundred.At last I decided to buy20watch,which I did.
Standing on the top of a church tower not far from our home in Rome, Father said to me, “Look down, Elsa.” I gathered all my 1 and looked down. I saw the crisscross of twisting, turning streets 2 to the square in the centre of the village.
“See, my dear,” Father said gently. “There is more than one way to the square. Life is like that. If you can't get where you want to go by one road, try 3”
Now I understood why I was there. Earlier that day I had begged my mother to do something about the 4 lunches that were served at school. But she 5 because she could not believe the lunches were so bad.
When I turned to Father for help, he would not 6 . Instead, he brought me to this high tower to give me a lesson. By the time we reached home, I had a(n) 7 .
At school the next day, I secretly 8 my lunch soup into a bottle and brought it home. Then I 9 the cook into serving it to Mother at dinner. The plan worked 10. She swallowed one spoonful and sputtered, "The cook must have gone mad!" Quickly I told her what I had done, and Mother stated firmly that she would 11 the matter of lunches at school the next day!
In the years that followed I often remembered the lesson Father taught me. I knew where I wanted to go in life — to be a fashion designer. And on the way to my first small success I found the road 12 .
I was busy getting ready to 13 my winter fashions. Then just 13 days before the presentation the sewing girls were called out on 14 . I felt so depressed that I was 15 that we would have to cancel the presentation 16 show the clothes unfinished. Then it dawned on me. Why not show the clothes unfinished?
We worked hurriedly and the showing took place as 17 . Some coats had no sleeves; others had only one. Many of our clothes were only 18 made of heavy cotton cloth. But on these we pinned sketches and pieces of material. In this way we were able to show what colors and textures the clothes would have when they were finished. It was our 19 showing that caught the attention of the public, and 20 for the clothes poured in.
Father's wise words had guided me once again. There is more than one way to the square always.
I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I used to give a lot of money to the homeless, feeling1for them. But as time passed, I became a mom with no home, a huge2 and hardly any income. As a result, I3giving money to the people on the side of the road and became very4.
Things started to change for me5. I had a home, a backyard for my daughter, and plenty of food, and I started to6myself out of debt. One day we saw a homeless person with a sign that7. “Will work for food.” I8. My daughter commented. “Mommy, you used to always give money to those people in9.” I replied, “Honey, they just use that money for10, or other bad things.” She didn't respond.11when I said that, I didn't feel right.
Three days later, I was driving to12my daughter from school. A man was standing on the comer, and something deep13me said, “Just help the guy.” So I14down my window, and he ran over15. He said, “God bless you, I only need 77 cents.” I16into my ashtray (烟灰缸) and strangely enough, there sat three quarters and two pennies.
I collected them and gave them to him. He17with joy and tears in his eyes. “Wow, you just made it18for me to see my mom for Christmas! Thank you so much; the19that had this great sale is leaving in 20 minutes!” It was a moment I'll20forever. I think that man won't forget it either, but I was the one who got the best gift in life—GIVING.
Jaguar （美洲虎）is an endangered animal. It is said that there are less than 20 jaguars in the world currently, one of which is living in the national zoo of Peru. To protect this jaguar, Peruvians 1 a zone in the zoo for it, where there are groups of cattle, sheep and deer for the jaguar to eat. Anyone who has visited the zoo 2it to be the “Heaven of Tiger”.3 strange enough, no one has ever seen the jaguar4the animals. What we could see is it's lying in its house sleeping and eating the meat 5by the zoo staff.
Some people thought that the jaguar felt too 6, so they collected money and rented a female tiger to accompany it. Nonetheless, it did not make too much sense. “It is 7for the jaguar to be lazy in this environment. Tiger is the king of forest but you 8put some small animals around him. That is why the jaguar shows no 9in going out. Why don't you put some 10around him?”a visitor suggested. The zoo 11his advice and put five wolves into the jaguar's territory(领地). Since then, it either stands on top of the hill roaring 12goes down from the hill running without sleeping all day，totally getting back to its 13.
In our world, one creature 14any rival(对手) is lifeless. Actually, this principle also 15to human beings. If a man lives without competitors, he is sure to be satisfied with the present and will 16before all difficulties. Difficult environment tends to 17successful people. Therefore, we need some rivals to push us with strict requirements and standards, leaving us going ahead in all 18and challenges. Due to our rivals, we can 19he best in us. Due to our rivals, we will continuously 20our capabilities when competing with them!