Bibliophile's Bounty: For $5 and a Brown Paper Bag
I'm 'fessin' up. I've been to the library book sale four times this week.
I went the first time last Saturday, on the initial day of the sale and came home with an armload of books. Then again on Monday because I thought everything was half-off, but it wasn't. And again yesterday, Friday, because everything really was half-off.
Finally, I stopped in today for the final day $5 fill-a-paper-grocery-bag-full-of-books sale.
I fit all of the following (plus some books to give not listed here) inside the brown paper grocery bag I was given a the door. In no particular order:
- A Piece of Cake by Susan G. Purdy
- Wooden Spoon Kitchen: Meet and Potatoes and Other Comfort Foods, by Marilyn M. Moore.
- Chocolate by Nika Standen Hazelton
- Cookies: Food Writers' Favorites edited by Barbara Gibbs Ostmann and Jane Baker
- plus one (don't peek, Shaun) for a gift
MISC Non-Fiction and Reference
- The Macmillan Visual Dictionary
- Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
- The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams (autobiography)
- The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt
- Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
- Third Person Rural by Noel Perrin
- Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality by Matthew Fox
- How to Make Amulets, Charms and Talismans by Deborah Lippman and Paul Colin
- plus several for gifts
- The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, Commentary by Joseph Campbell
- Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, pictures by Brinton Turkle
- Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
- How You Talk by Paul Showers 1966 Hardcover (about how your voice works)
- Wee Sing and Play by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp (with cassette tape)
- The Book of Kids Songs: A Holler-Along Handbook by Nancy Cassidy (with cassette tape)
- plus about a dozen more to give to a couple of special girls
Not bad for $5.
The books I bought half-price yesterday will mostly end up as gifts for other people, but for my studio library I found "American Folk Songs for Children," by Ruth Crawford Seeger 1948. It's The original hardcover edition, filled with traditional songs and accompanying activities. I sat at the piano yesterday evening for quite a while playing and singing my way through it.
Thanks to my four trips to the book sale this week the "Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library" are about $50 richer. With cutbacks to the CT State budget funding for libraries this year, I'm sure it will be put to good use.
And I have a wealth of reading material, some 60 or more new-to-me volumes to savour and share.