June 11, 2007 at 8:40 pm
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.
– 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!
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:
And finally, my guilty pleasure…
Entry filed under: Reading, Shopping.