By Mark Bonamo

RIDGEWOOD – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saved her words for those who came to Bookends bookstore in Ridgewood on Thursday to have a copy of her latest book, “Hard Choices,” signed in person, not the press.

But after the smiles, salutations and shaking of hands was over, several of those who got their books signed by Clinton commented on the sense of anticipation that hung as heavy in the basement signing room as the summer humidity.