Some real gems are unearthed, working their way first through several levels of sorters. When asked what some of his favorite finds have been, Roberts replied, “That would be like asking which child is my favorite. Some are exciting because of their rarity or value. Some are just very cool. Last week a diary/journal by a Vietnam-era Catholic Army chaplain appeared. It was a slice of life. His thirteen-month tour in ’Nam was recorded from landing ’til departure, as were his postings before and after. It was very evocative—a document of the era.”
Roberts writes about many of his finds, as well as numerous, engaging stories from his four decades in the book business, on his blog. His posts are popular within the antiquarian book community—even author Michael Dirda is a fan and frequent commenter.
Reflecting on the success of Wonder Book and his many years’ experience selling books, Roberts emphasized that for him it really has always been about “the book,” adding, “I would never have been successful selling widgets, burgers and fries, hammers and nails ... I get to ‘play’ with what I love almost every day. The greatest fun, which now happens multiple times every day, is discovering something wonderful I’d never seen before. If it is some kind of biblio-treasure that would have been lost had we not captured it in our net, so much the better.”