Adventures in Reading

Thrift Store Finds

Much to my surprise I arrived home the other day and my partner had picked up eight books for $2 at the thrift store. I seldom shop for books at the thrift store (despite the low cost) as I never seem to find anything worth while. Most used stores will have a decent array of trashy romance novels and beach read mysteries, but seldom have I found anything I felt an urge to purchase. Two of the finds in particular brightened my day: Nora a biography of Nora Joyce (James Joyce’s wife) and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a book I have always wanted, but I have a great aversion to the most recent cover). 

When I was younger I always demanded new books and delved into and enjoyed the crisp and clean pages. Unfortunately, my crush on things new lasted into my freshman year at college where I found myself a good deal poorer after purchasing new textbooks. Ah, the follies of youth. Recently, however, I have found myself at the complete opposite end of the new and used book spectrum as the well-loved and inexpensive books second hand stores promise have wiggled their way into my heart. Additionally, I am also fascinated with the lasting possibilities of books versus other print (i.e. newspapers, magazines) publications.

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First Saturday of the Month
November 3, 2007, 2:36 pm
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Ahh, my favorite day of the month – the first Saturday or book sale day! Here are some of my finds of the day (and all for $2.50):

Isabel Allende’s City of the Beasts
Willa Cather’s My Ántonia
Kent Haruf’s Plainsong
Betty Smith’s Maggie Now
Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution
Elie Wiesel’s Night
Kurt Vonnegut’s Palm Sunday
Michael Cunningham’s The Hours
The Great Short Stories of De Maupassant