When I reached the front table to pay and discovered that the 50% off prices wouldn't kick in until Thursday and Friday, I didn't have the strength to return my selections to the jumbled piles where I might never see them again. Once in my arms I couldn't release them.
"It's for a good cause," the volunteer at the check-out table assured me, smiling.
So here's what followed me home yesterday:
- "Wicked French for the Traveler" by Howard Tomb
- "Earth Prayers from Around the World" Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
- "Best Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer" by Noel Perrin
- "Emerson Among the Eccentrics: A Group Portrait" by Carlos Baker
- "What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew" by Daniel Pool
- "Art of Preserving" by Jan Berry
- "The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World" by Ken Adler
- "The Fountain of Age" by Betty Friedan
- Plus a couple of items to give as gifts
Not saying how much I spend. It was less than $20, but still I'm a little embarrassed.
I suppose I shouldn't be--it was far less even than if I'd purchased them used on Amazon. I stayed within the budget I'd set for myself in anticipation of this annual opportunity to stock up on reading material.
I'll admit it. I'm a book addict. I'll probably go back for the $5 bag-full-o-books sale on Saturday.
In the meantime I've got to find space on our shelves.