Friday, August 11, 2006

Eleven books for $1.25



Jacy, Kim and I went to the other library in the county today and found the book sale room in the basement. I knew I had no business even looking, but sneaked a peek anyway. Here's what I found:
Cache Lake Country - John J. Rowlands
Excelsior! - Paul Hyde Bonner
China Court - Rumer Godden
Lady of Quality - Georgette Heyer
Gentian Hill -Elizabeth Goudge
The Golden Journey - Agnes Sligh Turnbull
A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle
A World Lit Only by Fire - William Manchester
New Guide to the Prado Gallery
Woman's Home Companion Household Book - Henry Humphrey, editor
Seasoned Timber - Dorothy Canfield

The Rowlands book was published in 1947 and looks like a book that Tom and David will enjoy. From the introduction:

"One September dawn, working his canoe up 'a chain of lakes and streams,' he paddled into the middle of an unknown lake and stopped to rest 'like a fellow will when he sees new water for the first time.' But this was old water too, for as he sat there motionless in his canoe, Rowlands felt it all come back to him: 'as the sun cleared the hills and turned the black water into shining gold, I remembered. This was the lake of my boyhood dreams!'...
"To have found the place you always wanted to be: That is the secret of this book. Rowlands tells us how he happened to get to Cache Lake, but he wisely never tells us how he happened to leave... ."

Dorothy Canfield also wrote Understood Betsy, which I've read, but I didn't know about any other books by her, so today's find was a nice surprise.

The "Household Book" looks like an early prototype for Cheryl Mendelson's book .

I got the Prado Gallery book because I want to cut out a print and frame it (oh! the horror of desecrating a book!).

A decade ago I read the Manchester book, and although it's nowhere nearly as good as his biography of Churchill, I figured it was at least worth a re-read, especially at that price!

Steve will enjoy the Mayle book. I got him A Good Year by Peter Mayle a few months ago. and he liked it and wanted more fiction involving wine (any suggestions?).

My girls like fiction by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, and Sarah and Joan have already claimed the Turnbull novel. We also like Elizabeth Goudge's books, and were happy to add her book to the collection. Same goes for Heyer's and Godden's books. I may end up pitching the book by Bonner. After reading the dust jacket, it doesn't sound too palatable.

After we got home from the library, Jacy and Kim left for Monroeville, where they'll stay the night with Kim's friend, Callie. I asked Kim if she'd ever read To Kill a Mockingbird and when she said that she had not, I told her she had to read it before she left Alabama. She's such a good girl that she found our copy and immediately started reading it!

Sarah and Joan went to Montgomery with our church's youth group to play "broom ball." They'll spend the night with friends tonight and I'll go get them and bring them home tomorrow. David and Josh are enjoying their "late night" and Sam and Marley are about to go to bed. It's been a full day!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Tammy said...

Those sound like great finds.

I use to collect very old books...frequented antique shops before I was married and for some reason, was drawn to those old books. I now have a little bookshelf full, a few dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

That one book you took a quote from sounds intriguing!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Jeannine said...

What a great deal! I love finding bargain books. :-)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Amber Dawn said...

YEA FOR OLD BOOKS!!!!!

10:50 PM  

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