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Dearth of a salesman: Ward Arrington closes the book on his profitless shop
Michael Steinbacher
Dearth of a salesman: Ward Arrington closes the book on his profitless shop

"We're sorry to see you go, Ward," grieves Bob Cronin, who has plopped a pile of hardbacks on the counter. Cronin, a 70-year-old retired banker, has been a loyal Grove Antiquarian patron since 1990. Where will he go to supply his two-books-per-week habit now that the little literary shop is gone? "Well, recently, I've been buying books from the Internet," he says.

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