“Mystery: How a Bookstore Owner Survived a Cataclysmic Fire and Is Now Living in the Sky”
Posted On June 16, 2021
When it comes to bookstores, San Francisco is no stranger to catastrophic fires.
The city has seen some of the worst blazes in history.
But despite the fact that it’s the epicenter of a fire that killed a number of people in 2005, the city has maintained a strong sense of its sense of community and resilience.
As the Chronicle of Higher Education put it, “The city is so far behind San Francisco in the recovery that it doesn’t even need a miracle to keep the city’s economy going.”
A couple years ago, however, things began to change.
“I think it was when I first started thinking about it that I realized that this was a really, really bad place to be in,” the former owner of a local bookstore, Richard B. Fossey, told me.
“It’s a great city, but it’s also a really bad city.”
The fire that burned down the old Alamo Square bookstore in May 2017, killing the owner and injuring two others, was one of several major fires in San Francisco’s history.
The fire was the result of a chain of fires that began when an electrical malfunction in the city power grid sparked a series of fires.
In some cases, these fires have destroyed entire blocks of buildings.
Other fires have taken the lives of hundreds of people.
The fires, which have caused massive property damage, forced the closure of many of the citys largest public libraries.
Foossey said that the first real time that he felt the effects of the fires was in the aftermath of the fire that devastated the former Alamo Station Bookstore.
“The next day, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this has really hit me hard,'” Fosysaid.
“There was this massive loss of life.
I felt like I was really alone.”
Fosseys own bookstore was burned down and he was the only survivor.
In the days that followed, he found himself at a lost for words.
“Every time I came into the store I would say, ‘I am not okay.
I am not OK.
I have been lost,'” he said.
He said he started feeling a little bit like a lost soul.
He couldn’t get over it.
“My heart just sank and it started to get to the point where I couldn’t find any words,” Fosseysaid of the loss of his business.
“And I started to think, ‘Well, why am I still alive?’
And that’s when I decided to write a book about it.”
In the book, he tells the story of the store and the people who worked there and what they were like.
The title of the book is “Mysterious: How I Survived A Cataclysmica Fire and is Now Living In The Sky.”
“I started to write about it and that was when it really became real,” Foosesaid said.
“A lot of people are still struggling to come to grips with the loss that they feel.
And I think that’s the biggest thing that’s changed.”
The book, titled “My Mystery: How A Bookstore Owners Survived.”
Foosys book also includes photos and interviews with people who lost everything they owned in the fire.
He hopes that readers will find the book useful in their own recovery.
“To me, it’s like the next chapter in the story,” he said of the story.
“We have this great city that is still in a lot of pain, but at the same time it’s a place where there’s so much to do, and there’s such a great community.”
Foscese, who is originally from California, said that he had been living in California for five years when the fire started.
But after being told about the fire, he decided to move to San Francisco to make it his home.
He also said that his bookstore is still the only one in San Franciscas downtown district that still stands.
“All of the buildings are gone,” Foscesaid.
Foscessays wife, Michelle, who works in the San Francisco Police Department, said she was surprised by the amount of damage that her store sustained.
“Our shop is still standing and we’re still doing the same things as we did the day before the fire,” she said.
However, she added, “I have a sense that we are on the right track.”
Foes book was published in November of 2018.
In November, Foscees book was named one of the “100 best books of 2018.”
FOSSAY, THE BOOK, FOSSEY, AND THE CITY The book was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a moving story of perseverance, friendship, and sacrifice.”
Fores books title is “A book about the people and places I have known and loved for over 30 years.”