Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fall Book Sale Bonanza

Just got back from the Fall Book Sale at our local library and have to share my haul:

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
Mary, Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Treasure of Montségur by Sophy Burnham
Forever by Pete Hamill (I've already read this one, but it's one of my favorites and I didn't have my own copy)
Mozart's Sister by Rita Charbonnier
Lady MacBeth by Susan Fraser King
The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
North River by Pete Hamill

Plus a 125th anniversary edition of Barlett's Quotations and a Digimon VHS tape, all for a whopping grand total of $11 (and seven of the nine novels are hardbacks). I do feel guilty cheating authors out of their royalties, but I can't pass up such bargains. All but Chabon and Hamill are new authors to me, so buying these used editions might inspire me to splurge full price on some their newer works.

Now, if only I could find time to read. I still have huge piles of unread purchases from the last few sales! Any recommendations on what should be at the top of the list?

(On a side note, I was flabbergasted, as always, by the number of John Grisham hardbacks on the sale tables. It's amazing how many people buy his novels new in hardback.)


Susan Higginbotham said...

My library has its big sale in November. I volunteer to unpack and set up, so I get first crack at the books!

Julianne Douglas said...

I keep intending to volunteer for ours, but haven't been able to yet. Maybe in the spring--I'd definitely love to get first dibs!

BTW, I started reading THE TRAITOR'S WIFE a few days ago and am enjoying it very much!

Danja said...

What a great luck you had at the library sale. My local library is having a sale this week too, but I have not been to it although I've donated a bunch of books earlier in the year. I have two of the books you bought, The Alienist and The Treasure of Montségur. I've read The Alienist, which is a superb but very dark mystery/thriller that takes place in NYC at the turn of the 20th century. So if you are in the mood for something like that, I highely recommend it because it is written very well. I did not read The Treasure of Montségur yet, but when you do, I would be curious to read what you thought of it.

Susan Higginbotham said...

Thanks, Julianne! I'm lucky--my employer gives us time off to volunteer for things each year, and library service is eligible! I keep worrying my employer is going to realize how much fun I'm having and declare it ineligible!

Sarah said...

You found some great titles, and you can't beat the price either. I really miss the library sales they had out east! I'm on the book sale committee at the library where I work, which is great if you like textbooks and such, not as good if you're looking for recent fiction.

lucyp said...

Sarah, if you'd like an excuse to come to Chicago, the big Coop used book sale will be held this Columbus day weekend. It is amazing --- I always get more gently used recent trade paperbacks than i can carry.