Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Look What $16 Can Buy!

Just thought I'd share a story of my good fortune this weekend. I attended the Kenmore Village Library book sale on Friday, and look what I found! My son Tristan and I have already delved into reading some of these! (btw, 50 cents for paperbacks, $1.00 for hard covers, can't beat that!)

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle
Summer by Edith Wharton
The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Jane Fowler
Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott
Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (never had a paperback)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
The Portrait by Iain Pears
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
Middlemarch, Silas Marner, Amos Barton by George Eliot
The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck
The Tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
(one can never have too many of these!)
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Trick or Treat Faces by Judith Moffatt (glow in the dark)
Abridged The Phantom of the Opera-retold from Gaston
Leroux (Tristan has been held entranced by this book every night since I bought it!)
Are there any of your favorites here, or any to recommend? I'd love to know...


Avid Reader said...

There are few things better than a great book sale. I really enjoyed The Reader and On Chesil Beach was so interesting.

Shelley (Book Clutter) said...

Score! I love Edith Wharton and George Eliot. I've also read French Women Don't Get Fat, but I'm still fat! The ideas in the book have stayed with me though and I know they'll sink in someday.

TheWingchairTraveller said...

Avid Reader: Well, I loved the film The Reader, so I'm sure the book is even better. I wasn't sure about On Chesil Beach, but I loved Atonement.

Shelley: Yes, definitely looking forward to Wharton and Eliot. I've read Middlemarch, but it was a library book and had to rush. I keep borrowing French Women Don't Get Fat from my mom, so I've read it, but there is something to the book that I can't put my finger on(I have a skinny French mother-in-law). But, I'm still fat, so not sure if what I'm doing is working!

Christopher said...

Awesome score, Susan!

I am a huge an unabashed Wharton fan! Did you know that she was the first female to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction? Yup, in 1921 for her novel, The Age of Innocence. You'll love Summer, a great read. Definitely read Hardy's Wessex Tales, a superb selection of his terrific short stories. Austen's Mansfield Park is another great novel; complicated and complex, and was one of Austen's personal faves. Finally, your Eliot collection is wonderful! Middlemarch and Silas Marner are two of my favorites of hers.

I found McEwan's On Chesil Beach to be horrifyingly depressing; one of the reasons why I simply don't read his work any longer. I'll be interested in your thoughts.

Well done! Cheers! Chris

TheWingchairTraveller said...

When I read the jacket of On Chesil Beach, I got the feeling it would be a depressing sort of book, which I normally gravitate toward. So, we'll see how I feel about it. I know you are a lover of Hardy, so if you say it's depressing then it must be! ;) I love Wharton too, and yes, I did know about her Pulitzer prize. Age of Innocence is great. I've probably read it 3-4 times already! I'm so excited to start reading all my books. I've already finished Jane Austen's Book Club (a very quick read)!