Monday, June 29, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Only the first book on the list came in the mail, so "Mailbox Monday" is really a stretch. Dodsworth and Changing Places came from Daedalus Books, a new favorite that I stumbled across when I was out exploring NW Portland last week. The rest came from Second Hand Prose, my favorite library bookstore. I don't get to Oregon City very often, but I was there for a court appearance Friday, so took the opportunity to load up. Hardbacks are almost all $2, and in very good condition, so it was easy to do. The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda (a first novel about real magic -- I'm keeping an open mind) Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis (a Modern Library edition with a dust jacket in very good condition -- cool!) Changing Places by David Lodge (I dove right into this one and love it already) Rocky Mountains by David Muench (I'm a sucker for these coffee table photo books. I snag any I find one in really good condition at a library sale, like this one. The picture cuts off the words -- it isn't like that in real life.) New England by Clyde H. Smith (another in the same series) International Country by Judith Miller (I love flipping through decorating books now that I am in my new house) Making Pillows: Over 30 Projects for Making & Decorating Cushions by Linda Barker (if I ever have time, talent, and a sewing machine, this will be just the book I need) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (my copy has gone missing; this is the replacement) Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk (a food-related memoir I got for my culinary school sister and then realized I already gave her a copy -- mine now) That's Amore!: The Language of Love for Lovers of Language by Erin McKean (cute, British, wordy) The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley by Elizabeth Romer (sounds wonderful) The Tenth Man by Graham Greene (he is a favorite, just not on the list yet) Venetian Holiday by David Campbell (an impulse purchase that looks perfect for summer) Deception by Philip Roth (another favorite author not yet on the list) In the Beginning by Chaim Potok (a new favorite, ever since I read Davita's Harp for book club) If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates by Richard Sanders (I got if for the cover alone, but it sounds pretty good) Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (an old book about a lady who buys a mobile bookstore) Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham (a Maugham mystery? Who knew?) Rocks and Minerals: a Golden Nature Guide (I have a stack of these little books that belonged to my artist father-in-law -- he used them for reference for his illustrations) First Love by Joyce Carol Oates (the odd little size appealed to me as much as the gothic theme)

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