IMG_4419 (1)Holland  – Owner

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know) : Bethlehem High School – Bardstown, KY

College (s):  James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA (BA, Communication) &  Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, KY (MAE)

Previous Life: I moved to St. Louis in 1994 (which was only supposed to be for a few years) for a job at St. Louis University. From there, I worked for Webster University in Student Housing until 2009 when middle of the night phone calls and well-meaning helicopter parents convinced me to start a new path. I started Life Simplified which took me in many directions but most importantly working with Pudd’nhead Books. Most recently, I was the Assistant Librarian at Bristol Elementary until we opened the doors of The Novel Neighbor in September 2014.

Favorite Books (This question kills me and I have TONS of favorites but these are favorite favorites): (Adult) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, (YA) This Is Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, (Classic) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & (Picture Book) I can’t decide so check out all my favorites at

What I love most about The NOVEL NEIGHBOR is bringing a dream to life with the help & support of an incredible community of family, friends & many neighbors!



Karen  – Coordinator of Children’s Programming

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know). Cor Jesu Academy

College: Elementary Education @ SLU and Special Education @ Webster

Past Life: I’ve spent the last several years as a full time stay-home mom, room parent, and Girl Scout Leader.  While pursuing my Master’s degree at Webster University I worked in student housing.  I have led summer day camp programs through the Girl Scouts, Missouri Botanical Garden, and my church.

Favorite books/Author: I’m trying to read all the classics that I avoided in high school- Grapes of Wrath is one of my new favorites.

Favorite thing about tNN: I love the children’s nook and the peek-a-boo window!


Lauren – Social Media/Internet Lady

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know). Rockwood Summit

College: BFA from Missouri State University, MFA from the Memphis College of Art

Past Life: I have worked in retail, for arts nonprofits, and done tons of activism work.

Favorite books/Author: Holly Black is my all-time favorite author! If you’re in the store, I’ll probably find ways to put one of her books in your hands. Or I’ll dance to the music playing.

Favorite thing about tNN: Being surrounded by books!



20160122_174551David – Bookseller/Event Coordinator

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know). Bob Jones High School, not in St. Louis,  so it doesn’t matter.

College: BA in Film Production at Webster University

Past Life: I’ve done a little of everything: retail, video production, graphic design, and nursing.

Favorite books/Author: I love Douglas Coupland in every format novelist, non fiction author, artist, and screen writer.  His works span so many genres while continuing to explore how a person finds their place in contemporary society.  When I am not reading fiction, I am a sucker for a good science book.

Favorite thing about tNN: I love that tNN is dedicated to serving a role in community not only a local independent book store, but also by providing a space for events and activities.




Patsy – Director of Operations

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know). My parents were big fans of Catholic education so I went to Rosati-Kain high school for two years.  (long story – turns out Catholic education wasn’t as big a fan of me!) Then Mercy high school for a year. Then St. Thomas Aquinas – Mercy high school for senior year.

College: Undergrad at Loyola – Chicago. Then got my masters in Public Policy-Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Past Life: Did project work for a few years in the food science department of one of Purina’s spin-off companies.  Worked as a middle school educator for Civitas, a local non-profit Model United Nations organization. Started a family and became deeply involved in getting the fledgling Soulard School off the ground. According to my linked in profile, I’m currently Chief Chaos Control Officer at Sher-King Industries. (i.e. stay-at-home parent).  And Master of Merchandise at the Novel Neighbor.

Favorite books/Author: The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett. It’s a (terribly pessimistic) love story about two journalists set in the Belgian Congo on the verge of independence.  I like my fiction with a healthy dose of learning about a place/time/area of interest.  Also love the title essay from David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. And the essay about his experience playing junior level tennis. Possibly because it’s some of the rare DFW writing that I find accessible.

Favorite thing about tNN: People who love books are some of the very best people. And when I’m at the bookstore, I get to surround myself with them.


Moira – Bookseller/Craft Coordinator

Where did you go to High School? (Don’t pretend that you didn’t want to know). Rosati-Kain High School

College: Current art student at Webster University with an intended BFA in painting and/or photography.

Past Life: I have done a good bit of interior and exterior house painting work, worked for a farm and greenhouse, sold jewelry, and even worked as a receptionist at a convent.  Currently I also work at a gallery preparator / installationist at the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery in Webster’s art dept.

Favorite books/Author: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, or anything by Khaled Hosseini, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Favorite thing about tNN: I love being able to hangout with the kids during craft times or birthday parties because they always have something funny to say.  Also, being surrounded by books is a pretty sweet feeling.