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Book Sale

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:19 pm

The library had a book sale this weekend; And because the $1 hardcovers and 50ยข paperbacks were too much, Mike and I held off on going until today in order to take advantage of the bag sale. $2 for all you can fill into a grocery bag (their issue).

I got enough books to keep reading for quite sometime. Some are pulpy, others whimsical, and still others simple classics. Here’s what was in my bag, in order of how they are stacked on my desk right now:

Fools Die, Mario Puzo. I liked The Godfather so I figured I don’t have much to lose by grabbing up this one.

Mutiny on Board the Whaleship Globe : The Notorious 1824 Whaling Mutiny and Subsequent Massacre of the Marooned Ship’s Crew By South Sea Islanders, as Told By Two Survivors , William Lay and Cyrus M. Hussey. I love old books if only because their titles were so ridiculously long. This is a true history, compiled by Lay and Hussey from the actual records involving this mutiny. Should be pretty good and will hopefully satisfy my pirate/sailing adventure novel urge I get at least once a year.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams. A classic, right? I have no idea what this is about but I’ve heard of it. That counts for something.

Early Georgia, Volumes 26 and 27, The Society For Georgia Archaeology. Can you believe these aren’t linked on Amazon? These will probably prove to be completely worthless to me; But, you know, it said ‘early Georgia’ – it suckered me in.

The Natural, Bernard Malamud. I don’t think I’ve ever read sports fiction before. With baseball season just around the corner, this will probably get read sooner rather than later. The synopses I’ve read make it out to be a pretty good novel.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo. I was never forced to read this one over the years, so I’ll give it a go on my own. It has very, very, very small print. I already don’t like that. I won’t hold it against it if it turns out to be a good story. It better be better than that lame-ass Disney flick.

All The King’s Men (A Random House Play), Robert Penn Warren. In my excitement over finding the title to such a political classic (that I’ve thus far failed to read), I snatched this up with out opening it. Only upon coming home did I realize that this is a play adaptation of the actual novel. Meh. Guess that’ll learn me.

Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell. Of all the books I got, this one will be read first. I’ve been slowly making my way through southern gothic authors, but haven’t had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Caldwell. I’ve heard nothing but good things about his writing, and in particular, this book. I’m so all over it.

The Firm, John Grisham. Pulp to be sure, but Grisham is one of those guilty pleasures. His books make for great airplane reading. Now if I could only afford to fly somewhere…

The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Tom Clancy. So I’m probably the only person in America that has never read a Clancy novel. There were tons of them there. Mike pointed out this particular one to me, to which I opened my bag and said ‘drop it in.’ I have no idea if I have purchased book 3 of an 8 book series or maybe his worst novel ever. Someday, probably not too soon, I’ll know.

Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests, James A. Miller and Tom Shales. This one will likely end up in the bathroom. Lots of short essays and chapters. Perfect on-the-go-while-going reading. Plus, this is one Mike may actually want to read. The bathroom is a certain spot he’ll remember to pick it up.

I love book sales almost as much as I do thrift stores. Other people’s used stuff at super discounted prices, huzzah!

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