Friday, April 29, 2011

Box of Books!

Walking to work yesterday I noticed a Books and Baked Goods Sale outside my building. Books and baked goods? Yes please! And apparently I showed up to browse at exactly the right time, the end of the day, as the fundraisers wanted to push the books and announced, grab a box, fill it up, five bucks.

Awesome. At this point in the day, most of the books left were cheap paperbacks, bodice-rippers if you will. I avoid these and go for anything marked “novel” in order to fill my summer reading quota. I usually read memoirs and non-fiction, and I’ve already stacked my shelf with these, so I grabbed at some fiction.

SAM_4539Due to the chaos I simply picked up random books, hoping to get something good. Here is what I came home with:

A selection of Pierre Trudeau’s writings

The Voices of Robby Wilde, a non-fiction account of a man with schizophrenia.

Quickening, a novel set in 1985 Upstate New York (I’m excited about this one)

The Incantation of Frida K., not an actual biography of Frida Kahlo, but a treatise on memory at the end of life.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul, a memoir about Father Joe, a mentor to the author.

The Safety of Objects, the short stories of A.M. Homes

A Week in October, a novel in the form of an autobiography concerning unfaithful marriages.

Vinegar Hill, an Oprah Book Club book (which is not why I grabbed it) which chronicles the life of a family in the Midwest.

The Long Way Home, a non-fiction work about immigrants who fought for America during World War I.

I Could Tell You Stories, a collection of writings concerning memoirs and the act of writing memoirs.

Morality for Beautiful Girls, is apparently the third book in a series, ooops, but could still be good.

A Little Trouble With the Facts, a novel about gossip in New York City in 1999, very gossip-girl-like it seems.

A biography of Rudyard Kipling, I love Kipling, so I’m excited about this one.

Kill The Dead, seems to be a supernatural series, I grabbed it because I tried to find something for The Professor, but I doubt he’ll read this.

Making Toast, a memoir published this year about a family going through grief of losing one of their own.

Sandcastles, the only one I’m skeptical about because it looks like something my mother would read on the beach. But I won’t judge it by it’s cover. Or, I’ll give it to my mother next weekend when I see her!

The Rags of Time, the last novel in a series (ooops again) about an aging novelist living in New York.

A Pilates book!

Candace Bushnell’s Trading Up. I’ve read her books before and they’re good beach books. Quick and easy.

I also picked up some German novels and poetry books because I really miss reading in German.

Has anyone read any of these? Any suggestions with where I should start?


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I LOVE book sales, especially the final day where you get a ton for a few dollars.

    I'd start with a biography - I've been very into those lately.

  2. How lucky are you! That sounds so delightful! Can't wait to hear how you like the books!

  3. Oh geez...please don't look at my reading list. Seriously. Your picks are WAY more impressive than mine. And you weren't even trying! hahaha...

    I've read trading up. It was cute. Save it for the pool. Or the beach :)


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