Today I am giving you a special edition of Breakfast & Books to kick off the series (again). The bigger of my two local libraries had their bi-annual book sale this past weekend, and today (Monday) was BAG DAY. If you don’t know what bag day is, it’s usually the last day of library book sales and you pay a set price for an entire bag of books (in this case, I paid $5 per bag). But what made THIS particular bag day REALLY special is that…
…my dad drove here from Central NY just to go to the book sale with me and to hang out with me for the day!
That’s right, my dad–who is the most special–drove to PA all the way from Central NY (about four and a half hours) just to take me out to breakfast and to go to the library book sale with me. Isn’t that great?! We are a family who is very serious about our books. Haha!
Dad drove here yesterday (Sunday–with the promise of my lasagna for dinner), then today after the kids left for school we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and to the book sale. My dad already owns thousands of books (no, really, he owns something like 3,000 books and that’s probably understated), so my mother kind of gave him a limit on how many he could buy this time. Ha! He still left with almost two full bags of books. I, however, CLEANED HOUSE. I came away with FOUR bags of books, and totally didn’t stick to my list like I promised myself I would. OOPS. Wait until you see all of the goodies I found this time, though:
This whole pile of books is by Don DeLillo. I’ve been meaning to read his books for quite some time, and now I have a ton of them. From top to bottom: The Body Artist, Point Omega, Players, Mao II, White Noise, Falling Man, and Underworld.
Look at all these books by Nadine Gordimer! One whole shelf at the sale was full of her books, so I just cleaned the shelf off. SCORE. From top to bottom: The Pickup, The House Gun, Jump and Other Stories, A Sport of Nature, Selected Stories, The Conservationist, July’s People, Burger’s Daughter, and None to Accompany Me. Nadine Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and is another author that I’ve been meaning to read. I can’t wait to dive into these.
There weren’t too many classics at this book sale, either, but I managed to find seven that I haven’t read. I’m THE MOST excited about finding Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth. From top to bottom: Native Son by Richard Wright (I’ve read this, but didn’t own it), a W.E.B. DuBois Reader (edited) by Andrew G. Paschal, Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison, The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier, The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life to Come and Other Stories by E.M. Forster, and Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.
From top to bottom: The PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson, Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Run by Ann Patchett, The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, and The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien.
From top to bottom: Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow, The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, The Mission Song by John le Carré, Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Angry Candy by Harlan Ellison, Slippage by Harlan Ellison, and That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.
From top to bottom: The Water-Method Man by John Irving, The Fourth Hand by John Irving, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, Old School by Tobias Wolff, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut, Shardik by Richard Adams, Three Complete Novels: Billy Bathgate, World’s Fair, Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow, and Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.
SO MANY GOOD BOOKS (or so I hope).
When we were done at the book sale, Dad and I came back to my house and chatted for another couple of hours, and then he took off for NY. We had a wonderful day together and I’m so happy that he’s awesome enough to drive here just to spend a day with me. He really is the best.
Now I just need to find room for all these books…