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    This Book Publisher Didn't Let Hurricane Sandy Sink Her

    Miriam Linna founded Kicks Books in 2009 to publish the book her friend wrote while getting sober. Although Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of her books in October, the publishing house and associated record company are getting back on their feet.

    This is not what a book warehouse should look like.

    Linna founded Kicks Books in 2009 to fulfill a promise to publish Sweets and Other Stories, the book her friend Andre Williams wrote while he was getting sober — "a wild and wooly story," she said. Kicks has now published six titles, including this one:

    After Sandy, Linna didn't just have her lost merchandise to worry about — her collection of blue "nightstand" paperbacks was also doused in hurricane.

    You can't resell a book that's been through a flood, but Kicks Books has been able to weather the storm financially because Linna's printer reprinted a lot of books at cost.

    Volunteers aided Norton and Kicks with the cleanup. This box of vinyls needed help:

    They had to meticulously clean the records they pulled from the warehouse.

    This month, after leaving them in boxes for a bit, Linna and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society are planning to take the books out of the boxes and let them bake in the August sun.

    The home office is now a bit overstuffed with rescued books.