Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

This month, Mailbox Monday is hosted by Martha's Bookshelf.  Please take the time to visit her wonderfully eclectic blog.

Last week, I was down in Salem to give a CLE on Oregon's rules for mandatory child abuse reporters to a group of attorneys. Whenever I am in a different town, I try to swing by the local library to see what it's like and check out the Friends' sale shelf.

I lucked out in Salem.  They have a Friends' store, not just a shelf, and it had an impressive stock of used -- but not ex-library -- books at very good prices. I got a nice little stack of books.

Independent People by Halldor Laxness (Nobel Prize winner and an Iceland choice for the European Reading Challenge)

The Field of Vision by Wright Morris (1957 National Book Award winner and possible choice for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version, Challenge)

and For Kicks by Dick Francis (always my favorite)

The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle (I can't resist)

Rumpole and the Reign of Terror and The Summer of a Dormouse (a memoir) by John Mortimer (I keep buying his books because they sound good to me, but I haven't read any of them yet -- hope I like them!)

A Good Hanging
by Ian Rankin (a short story collection from the John Rebus series)

Also, not from the library store, I got my copy of Jim Harrison's latest. He is an all-time favorite of mine -- so much that I am willing to buy a new hardback.

The Great Leader by Jim Harrison


  1. I love the John Mortimer books. The Rumpole ones are lovely light reads and are my favourite of his (probably because I keep picturing the tv series!). Great finds! Donna

  2. Independent People is one of those books that is brilliant agony to read but is filled with amazing writing and great truth. Good luck!

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    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    I'd love to have you stop by!

  3. You found a lot of great treasures at that library!

  4. Rumpole should be a lot of fun. We used to love the show on PBS. "She who must be obeyed" will never be forgotten. Have a great week and happy reading!

  5. I'm a big Mortimer fan, and love the Rumpole books. There are actually three autobiographies - Clinging To The Wreckage, Murderers and Other Friends, and the one you bought. He's such a good writer.

  6. When we lived in a city in CT, I was active in the Friends organization and we always had excellent books to sell for little money. Now I go to our library's annual book sale which begins with a huge tent overflowing with books. Now, in fact, they put the paperbacks in a vacant building. It's a great source for good reading.

  7. A lot of good reading this week, enjoy!

  8. Hi Gilion,

    Being British, I was raised on Dick Francis novels and 'Rumpole Of The Bailey' on television (although I have never read any of the books).

    Ian Rankin is also another stock favourite for me, both in books and on the small screen.

    Your post brought back some great memories and a couple of new additions to my reading list in the Peter Mayle and Jim Harrison.



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