So, as happens with most bookie people I would expect, I could not resist the lure of the local library’s Kris Kringle Book Sale. To prepare, I had already gone through and edited my bookshelves to make some space for any incoming titles that I might find, and so feeling rather smug about my preparation, ventured abroad and down into the basement of the library. It’s a well-lit place (obviously no windows), but plenty of space and loads of bookshelves. It wasn’t also that crowded which was super-nice as well as you didn’t have to maneuver around people who couldn’t/wouldn’t drive their carts with responsibility and concern for others. (Rare, but can happen.)
Now for the spoils:
(Bottom to Top):
The Points of my Compass – E. B. White (NF – Essays) (one of my favorite essayists, gentle observations about life in the country with a wicked sense of humor). Already started this and loving it.
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries – Marilyn Johnson (I might have read this one or it might been another one, but at $1 I took it just in case). Already read it. No problem. I’ll put it in the donation pile.
Silas Marner – George Eliot (F). Read this in junior high, but that’s so long ago, that it will probably be a new read for me now!
The Grand Tour – Tim Moore (NF about a modern guy who travels the old routes that the rich young men would do in the eighteenth century about Europe. Supposed to be funny. We’ll see. Looked ok on the shelf.)
Pavilion of Women – Pearl Buck (F). I really enjoyed the other Buck that I had read, and this one looked just as good. Fingers crossed.
My Day –Eleanor Roosevelt (NF). Collection of her daily columns that she wrote for most of her time in the White House as First Lady. From what I know about her, she seemed to be very nice and focused on improving the world in real tangible ways when that wasn’t the norm for political wives (let alone Presidential wives).
Things Fall Apart – Chinuea Achebe (F). I might have read this one a while back, but wasn’t sure so dropped it in the bag of plenty.
Miles from Nowhere – Dayton Duncan (NF) Travel writer goes up in the Far Western Frontier of America where human populations are the lowest anywhere and then meets the people who choose to live up there.
Fifth Business – Robertson Davis (F). First installment of the Deptford Trilogy and is the life story of the narrator Dunstan Ramsay.
The Manticore – Robertson Davies (F). Installment #2 of the Deptford Trilogy. (Thought I’d better get that one and if the first one is good, I can follow up with this one.)
So – pretty good haul and I’m happy with the selection. I should be set for the quieter holiday weeks ahead. (Something that I haven’t mentioned is that I’m having some pretty big surgery on Monday which will keep me in hospital a while. I’ll try to schedule some posts, but the blog might be quiet for a few days. Never fear. I will return.)