Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In Which I Love Used Book Sales and Expand My Library with Abandon

I had a lovely time in Maine, but the only part I'll bore anyone with in this venue is my glee at the books I scored while I was up there. The first was at a library in Bar Harbor, which was selling books at a ridiculously low price. I bought:

1. The Alpine Path, L. M. Montgomery
2. The Stars, Like Dust, Isaac Asimov
3. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Czenzi Ormonde
4. Blood and Guts in High School, Plus Two, Kathy Acker
5. Revolution From Within, Gloria Steinem
6. The Terminal Man, Michael Crichton
7. In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck
8. Sphinx, Robin Cook
9. Coma, Robin Cook
10. Killed in the Ratings, William L. DeAndrea
11. Harvard Hates America, John LeBoutillier
12. Poet in the Gutter, John Baker
13. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, L. Frank Baum
14. They Cage the Animals at Night, Jennings Michael Burch

All for $4.75. Fourteen books for under five dollars, which just blew my mind, even if some of them will probably suck (see nos. 12 and 3, and possibly 4) and some of them I will probably never read but bought because they were a quarter (see nos. 13 and 14). Nevertheless, I'm excited about the Steinem, I picked up a respectable Steinbeck and a Crichton I've never read, and I love L.M. Montgomery so much that I will probably devour her slim autobiography like so much chocolate cake. And I mean, Killed in the Ratings. A novel that is apparently about TV, thus combining my two favorite things in a way that will probably be laughable but still totally awesome.

Then I went to one of the antique shops with a used book section that dot Rte 3, and bought Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, for somewhat less exciting prices. Which means that I will soon start in earnest on the Complete Booker challenge.

Looking forward to catching up on what everyone else has written.


Trish said...

Anne of Green Gables bored me to tears (although I loved the series/movies when I was little).

I really liked Blind Assassin--I'd say its up there with Handmaid's Tale. Enjoy the new books!

Kristen said...

Thanks, I certainly will! The Anne movies are amazing...I'm so in love with Gilbert Blythe. I would say that LMM's Emily books definitely outshone the Anne books, though.

Matt said...

Good deals. Can't say I've read any of those books though.

Kristen said...

Matt - I think a lot of them were really obscure, and even the Steinbeck and Crichton were works by those authors I never hear about. But hey, when it's a quarter for a paperback, I'll take a shot!