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geek joy – the library book sale!

February 24, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

There are a number of major holidays on my calendar. Christmas, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, and the annual Metro Library System Friends of the Library Book Sale. No, Hallmark has not yet developed a card, but the observance of this event is as non-negotiable for me as the Humphreys family Easter gathering. Imagine hundreds of the the kind of folks you would imagine attend things like library books sales descending on a building at Fair Park to sort through thousands of donated copies of the Left Behind series to find books they don’t need, may not even really want, but have to buy because they (I) can. How can you not at $.50 for a paperback and $1 for a hardback? So I went, I saw, I purchased. Only seventeen books this year. For a grand total of $19.50 (some were from the “collectors” area – which just means they were in good enough shape to charge more than a dollar for them).

Among the discoveries from the excursion:

A cool edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Last of the Mohicans

Stranger in a Strange Land

Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

A nice copy of The Sound and the Fury

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Human Stain

The Great Gatsby

And many more (nine more to be precise).

The glow of the book sale takes away some of the sting of the spanking that was handed to OU today. Some of it.

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