Acquiring Minds

June 11, 2007 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

I haven’t had time to do anything, much less blog, but I seized a few moments of retail therapy over the weekend. It wasn’t my fault – we had to go to the library for homeworky purposes on Saturday, which put me in shooting distance of their used book store, and then I had to walk right past the sexy new Borders on Sunday, and what’s a girl to do?

First, the used book extravaganza.

The Book of Three ($3 in hardcover with slipcover) and The Black Cauldron ($2 in paperback), by Lloyd Alexander. Despite different bindings, they’re of a matching edition. I’d like to try to polish off the series.

Fire – Sebastian Junger ($2 in paperback)

Muriel Foster’s Fishing Diary – Muriel Foster ($3 in hardcover with box). Okay, so this was quite the find. It’s a beautiful book, oddly shaped. I was intrigued by it and bought it, thinking it might be a start for a book arts collection. Just now, when I looked it up, I came to realize that I’d purchased for $3 a $176 book. Whoo team used book stores!

Speaking of finds… Collected Poems, Originally Published in Paris, Pirated Edition by Ernest Hemingway, 1960. A little pamphlet. Paid $1. Worth over $80. Whoo!

Quarrels that have Shaped the Constitution – John A. Garraty, ed. ($2 in paperback), A Short History of the United States – Allan Nevins & Henry Steele Commager ($2 hardcover with slipcover), and Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order – Robert Kagan ($3.00 hardcover with slipcover). For husband’s growing political/history library. The latter has a beautifully letterpressed slipcover.

Gods & Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece – Gustav Schwab ($3 in paperback). I remember this being a really good mythology reference… has nice illustrations.

How 2 Write Love Poems that Don’t Suck – C. Weigl ($1.50 in paperback). Okay, it’s silly on the surface – it’s hot pink, for Pete’s sake – but there are some really good tips and exercises in it that I think I might could incorporate in a class at some point in the future. Maybe I’ll share some later.

And finally, what may be my favorite find: an obviously much-loved copy of Burn’s Poems, bound in paper that looks like green alligator skin – or maybe it is alligator skin and it’s just been worn down to this state – with an inscription on the first page: “Ned Thomas, Dec. 25, 1914.” The book falls open to two poems, “Delia” and “Epistle to a Young Friend.” $10.

Then, the Borders trip:

Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of their Relationship based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Private Papers. Joseph P. Lash, $5.99, hardcover.

H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds. Unabridged… $1.25, paperback.

And finally, my guilty pleasure…


Entry filed under: Reading, Shopping.

‘Til You Drop! LOLPets

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  • 1. Lesley  |  June 11, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    OK, so I was intrigued by the title ‘Muriel Foster’s Fishing Diary’ and even more so when I saw it was selliing online for $176 but no synopsis on Amazon! So what’s it about, praytell?


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