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Iowa’s Bill Reichardt lives on in book written by granddaughter-son team


The legend of Des Moines store owner Bill Reichardt lives on in the new novel “The Best Seller,” being published by Camerado Publishing this month. His granddaughter, Katie Bishop, and son, Doug Reichardt, wrote the book. Reichardt’s was a well-known apparel store on 42nd Street in Des Moines for over 40 years. “When Bill passed, the family wholeheartedly agreed we had to write something about Bill. … It wasn’t until my dad was kicking around the idea of a business book that we decided we could share dad’s principles in business alongside some of Bill’s stories,” Bishop said. The novel is written through the eyes of a young professional stumbling in her current sales career. She meets several mentors, one being Bill, who help her uncover a new perspective and change her professional trajectory. “We combined true stories from life experiences and lessons on the importance of building relationships in business while honoring those who’ve come before us,” Doug said. “The best part was that my daughter and I were able to bridge our own generation gap while sharing these stories with the next generation.” See more information here.

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