st vincent books

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Books, Short Stories, Words, Writers.

Yesterday we went to St. Vincent de Paul thrift store again. We're making it a habit; it's only half a block away. We got clothes, glassware, etc. I like best the one small room that's devoted to books. I almost always find at least one. This time I found four:

The Country of the Pointed Firs and other stories by Sarah Orne Jewett (Doubleday Anchor paperback, 1956). Selected and with a preface by Willa Cather (1925).

A Vintage (1968) collection by Paul Goodman: People or Personnel and Like a Conquered Province in one. I've never read either of them, and I'm salivating just reading the title of the first one.

Writing Home by Alan Bennett, a 634-page Faber paperback that collects essays and diaries.

And: a 1907 hardcover (Doubleday, Page & Company) edited by Hamilton Wright Mabie called Famous Stories Every Child Should Know. It's a series; the spine and the cover says The What Every Child Should Know Library. It's published by -- ready? -- Keep-Worthy Books. (It's a subsidiary of The Parents' Institute, apparently, publishers of The Parents' Magazine.)

A good haul. (cost: $5.06)

4 comments.

Gavin

Comment on October 12th, 2013.

How are you doing with book-reading? Are you enjoying it again? The last time I asked (a few years ago), I believe it was too taxing for you to even consider.

Scraps

Comment on October 12th, 2013.

It's a lot better. More complicated stuff I still find frustrating, unfortunately, to the point where I still can't get around concepts. Paul Goodman is going to be a test; he's eminently readable, but the concepts, I know it will be hard sometimes. Fortunately, I think I've going to have fun most of the time; he makes me smile.

Conversational prose -- Alan Bennett does that wonderfully -- is now almost easy.

Gavin

Comment on October 12th, 2013.

I'll send you my new books, then! Email me your mailing address.

Scraps

Comment on October 12th, 2013.

Well all right!

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