It’s a quirkier resume than you generally find among Beltway super-achievers of her generation, who often went straight from college to Capitol Hill or Wall Street or Harvard Law. Haines, 43, instead had a stint as an urban entrepreneur, running Adrian’s Book Café — named for her late mother — for several years between graduating from University of Chicago and moving on to law school at Georgetown. During those years, she served as president of the Fells Point Business Association, according to Baltimore Sun stories at the time, and was active in the neighborhood preservation society.
In the Sun story, Haines explained that she was hesitant about the concept at first, “believing the works were more akin to pornography than art” — but she reconsidered after reviewing the literature and realizing “what she had been buying often fell into that category,” including well-regarded authors like Milan Kundera and Isabel Allende.
“We were terrified who might show up,” she told the paper. “We thought it would be a bunch of dirty old men.” Instead they drew a benign group of young hipsters and middle-aged suburbanites. “Erotica has become more prevalent because people are trying to have sex without having sex,” Haines explained. “Others are trying to find new fantasies to make their monogamous relationships more satisfying.”
On the erotica night attended by a Sun reporter, Haines got the ball rolling, reading from an Anne Rice fairy tale about a handsome prince amorously awakening a sleeping beauty. Patrons then were invited to read their own spicy stories.
So! How about that? In another Sun story, Haines was quoted talking about the challenges for indie bookstores as big chains moved in. Unclear when Adrian’s closed; the address now belongs to a computer store. Haines graduated from Georgetown Law in 2001. Updated 3 p.m.