The Book Bin opened in Northbrook before I was born. In 1971, four dedicated women- wives and mothers first and foremost- became business owners and became a part of Northbrook history. Within one year, three of them had to move on, following their fate as their husbands' employment sent them out of state. One woman remained, but she didn't want to be in business alone. She was joined by Janis Irvine, my eventual boss . It is now 1972, and my mother has yet to have me for four more years in 1976.