I wish I'd brought a camera. It's a big warehouse stuffed with books--long tables lined with books (sometimes two or three deep) and boxes beneath the table, too. It's a bonanza.
It's also not a place you go to pick up a specific book. Organization is pretty good, considering, but nowhere near perfect. I wonder how Tim Lehane would feel about having his books boxed with the science fiction? I wonder who thought Harvey Pekar's American Splendor graphic novel belonged with the children's books? (I moved that last one to a new table where someone who might appreciate it would find it.)
Anyway, I brought a big backpack and a canvas shopping bag, and this is what I brought home, in no particular order:
Harold's Trip to the Sky by Crockett Johnson hb
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling hb Now I have the complete set. Um, for the boy. When he's older.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien tpb This is a nice edition. I love the art.
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen mmpb Pretty worn, and not the coolest cover, but the book inside will work out, I think.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen mmpb Also worn
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton mmpb Also worn
Backflash by Richard Stark hb Just so you don't think I'm all literary. I'm looking forward to this one.
Washington, the First One Hundred Years 1889-1989 An Anecdotal History by Don Duncan tpb Bathroom book, but it looks like a good one. It's the only local history book I bought this time.
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Anderson by Jane Yolen, illus Dennis Nolan hb Also for the boy.
The Thomas Guide to metropolitan Puget Sound Because Thomas Guides RAWK!
Scooby-Doo and the Headless Horseman by James Gelsey pb
Scooby-Doo and the Farmyard Fright by James Gelsey pb The Tiny Tyrant likes these Scooby chapter books, although he'd sort of moved on to the Magic Tree House. I couldn't find any of those, so he got these. Both worn.
The Magic Spectacles and other easy-to-read stories by Lilian Moore Worn hb
The Scarebunny by Dorothy Kunhardt The only Little Golden Book I bought this time. hb
Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day hb
Bam Bam Bam by Eve Merriam illus Dan Yaccarino tpb
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, retold by Amy Ehrlich, illus Susan Jeffers hb I wish the link had pictures inside the book or even the cover illustration, because it really is beautiful.
The Children's Wonderland of Stories by various. The ISBN for this book points to another. Oops. No link. But it's a 450 page hardback collection of classic stories. It's also for the boy, and I think that's all the books I got for him.
Classical Greece by C. M. Bowra hb What is it about these Time-Life Books? This one came out in 1965, and its the least damaged book I bought today. I suspect that I'm the first person to actually open it. Nice book, too.
Greece and Rome: Builders of our World (The Story of Man hb That link shows a different cover from the one I have. Mine is more like an encyclopedia.
Nine Layers of Sky by Liz Williams mmpb
Thieves Kitchen: the Regency Underworld by Donald A. Low tpb
Picoverse by Robert A. Metzger hb I love Metzger's State of the Art column in the SFWA Bulletin, so I had to pick up one of his books.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (complete and unabridged) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Again, this isbn links to a different book. No link. But it's a hardback with a library cover,
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear hb
Archer at Large by Ross Macdonald hb A collection of three Lew Archer novels: The Galton Case, The Chill, and Black Money. I'm a fan.
The Best of Fritz Leiber by Fritz Leiberhb The link leads to a 1997 edition, but I bought a '74 edition which is not nearly as worn as it could have been.
Finity by John Barnes hb
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke hb A big fat library book. Cool.
Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers hb I'm a fan.
Body Language by Julius Fast hb I was hoping that this would help me describe characters in my stories, but now that I take a second look, it might be about picking up women. Or succeeding at the office. Oh, well.
Others by James Herbert hb
The Harry Bosch Novels by Michael Connelly hb Combines three novels: The Black Echo, The Black Ice and The Concrete Blonde
I think that's it. Not a big haul, considering we rented a car for the last one, but pretty good nonetheless. Best of all, there's only one book that I've already read. It's the Bear. (My explanation is that mischievous pixies stole Darwin's Children, the book I thought I was buying, and slipped Darwin's Radio in its place. Stupid pixies.)
Most of the hardbacks were a dollar. Trade paperbacks were 75 cents. Small paperbacks were fifty cents. Some of the other books, like the history books, were in the "better books" section, so they cost between 2 and 5 bucks. The Austen, Wharton, Stark and a couple others were outside at "suggested donation" tables (for the worn books).
This sale makes me happy.
The people checking out just before us had 12 big boxes filled with books on a huge push cart. At first I couldn't believe they were buying so many damn books. Who could read that much in the six months until the next one?
Then it hit me: ebay. They must have been buying books on the cheap and reselling them for extra cash. Who else would buy so many books and seem so profoundly unhappy?
It got me wondering how much some of those books were worth. If I went through the shelves and bought every Michael Connelly hardback, how much would that collection fetch? What if I bought one of those complete home repair collections? What if I picked up a stack of the outdated Silhouette Special Editions (like Nanny in Hiding) and offered them as a batch? How worthwhile would that be?
All rhetorical questions, anyway. I have new books to read. I just have to find room on the shelves beside the books I bought at the last book sale but haven't gotten to yet.