Friday, January 06, 2006

Used Book Sale Time!

Well I came across a used book sale today and what deals did I discover! If you didn't know already, I honestly think I have an addiction to these sorts of circumstances. You see, I just can't help getting excited anytime I think I've found a good price on a good book (whether it be at a library book sale, garage sale, Amazon.com, Alibris.com, or anywhere else).

I'm sure everyone is wondering what I purchased at this point (sarcasm intended), so here's the list:

- Homer, The Iliad
- Aeshylus, The Oresteia
- Denis Diderot, Jacques the Fatalist
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden and "Civil Disobedience"
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
- Frank Norris, McTeague
- Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
- Theodore Dreisner, An American Tragedy
- Ernest Hemmingway, The Old Man and the Sea
- Rober Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
- The Vatican II Sunday Missal (Hardcover)

That's 13 books, all in fairly good condition (though mostly paperback), and all for a mere $7.50! The question now is when I'll get around to reading any of them. The missal will come in handy on a weekly basis, of course, while the books that I hope to soon break into are Wuthering Heights, Moby-Dick, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Old Man and the Sea.

What a morning!

5 Comments:

At 1/06/2006 02:17:00 PM, Anonymous Don said...

mmmm...books...cheap!

That's a great list...where was this sale?

 
At 1/07/2006 07:56:00 AM, Blogger MikeD said...

I really enjoyed the old man and the sea which surprised me b/c I'm not a fan of most classical work.

 
At 1/07/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Don, I bought the books at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg. You can learn about it and get directions here:

www.577foundation.org

They have what's called the "Carriage Room," which they describe as follows:

"Once full of saddles, bridles and horse carriages, this room is now filled with once-read books. The Once-Read Book Center is open daily and operated by non-profit groups. The proceeds from the purchase of books benefit the group in charge as well as Read For Literacy. So come be a browser and new owner of a used book! Book donations are appreciated; please call to find out what is accepted."

So you don't even really "buy" the books. Rather, they just give "suggested donation" amounts (50 cents for paperback, $1.50 for hardcover).

But there's much more to the place than used books. They have really nice gardens, a cool trail down to the river, pottery and art classes (these cost money, but I don't think they're too expensive), a small nature learning center, and a historic log cabin.

It'd probably a cool place to take your kid in the summer.

 
At 1/07/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Mike, thanks for the tip on the Hemmingway book.

 
At 1/10/2006 02:20:00 PM, Blogger The Village Idiot said...

Wish I could find a sale like that, needing to buy school books and being hit with 1 anthology of Romanticism @$112. Why can't teachers realize the value of the classics, in thier non-anthologised form?

 

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