You've never smelled a funeral like this one. It's pushing 100 degrees in the ravaged back stacks of All Books & Records in the Sears Town shopping plaza in Fort Lauderdale. All but one of the store's seven huge, old air conditioners has gone out -- one of the reasons the store's owner, Rod Cronk, a short, soft-mannered man with a bristly wreath of a beard on his jaw and a safari hat atop his crown, is calling it quits after 29 years in business. Electric fans hustle stale air amid the shelves as workers stack and pack boxes of used mysteries, plays, magazines, cookbooks, histories,... More >>>
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