To the editor:

David Futrelle’s dismissive description of Women & Children First bookstore [Letters, June 18] as “a decent place…to stock up on Andrea Dworkin or pick up the latest issue of Bust” makes me wonder if he’s ever been in the store. I recently bought Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke there, and I noticed they stock my recent book, Take Them at Their Words: Shocking, Amusing and Baffling Quotations From the G.O.P., Their Friends and a Few Others, 1994-2004.

Futrelle says he would “be happy” to support a neighborhood store like Women & Children First “if they actually sold books I was interested in buying.” He adds that he buys “a ton of books,” shops at Borders and on the Internet, and that he “sent $158 to a certain Seattle bookseller earlier today.”

The fact is that Women & Children First will order any book that Mr. Futrelle or anyone else wants to buy. It is very likely that the Seattle bookstore he ordered from had to place his order with a wholesaler (as Internet booksellers often do) before they shipped to him.

Bruce J. Miller

W. Carmen