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book vacation time!

Today I left work early to meet up with head-injury D at the UW library book sale.  As is tradition, we went to Dotty's afterward; I got a California burger but substituted the homemade veggie patty for the usual burger - and yes I still got bacon on the burger, further solidifying my hold on the title of "worst vegetarian".  It was tasty.

It's a bit irritating to be sharing the book sale with dealers and their scanners, scavenging for good deals.  But I think the set of books that appeal to them doesn't really intersect with the set of books that appeal to me.

Favorite purchases:  4 volumes of Oxford's "The World's Classics".  Hardcover, 4"x6" - handy size for carrying around.  I got Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington, Modern English Short Stories selected by Phyllis M. Jones, and Speeches & Documents in American History (volumes 1 and 2).  The volumes all appear to be published about 1945.

I'm also curious to read Fifty Famous Farmers, by Lester S. Ivins and A. E. Winship, from 1925.

I got a book on Eisenstein, primarily as a companion volume for my set of Eisenstein DVDs (even though the last time I tried to watch them, I fell asleep).

I got a biography of Bill Mauldin, for second oldest brother, as he was interested in getting Mom's Bill Mauldin books...which I think I have around here somewhere.  When I find them, I'll send him the biography too.

For Z I got The Parrot Who Owns Me and a reproduction 1908 Sears Roebuck catalog.

Rest of purchases behind the cut.


I got a bunch of anthology-type books.  Been leaning toward those lately, I think because they lend themselves to browsing, story research, and story ideas, and because it seems like I'm always doing ten other things, so properly committing and burying myself in a book is...less likely, at least for now.
Readings in Russian Civilzation (there are 3 volumes, but this book is all 3 volumes in one)
Eyewitness to History, edited by John Carey
The Best American Magazine Writing, 2001
The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2009
The Best American Science Writing, 2006
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
Short Studies on Great Subjects by James Anthony Froude

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
The Separation of Church and State by Forrest Church
After the Victorians by A. N. Wilson
Those Earnest Victorians by Esme Wingfield-Stratford
The Search for Ancient China
With Lawrence in Arabia by Lowell Thomas
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Crowther's Encyclopedia of Phrases and Origins (first edition, 1945)
Household Discoveries (1908)
An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison
The DeLuxe Hullabaloo Song Album - this one just has a lot of cool photos in it, and was cheap because it was classified as "sheet music"

I also appear to have a "bonus" book, The Biology of the Paramecium.  I did not intentionally pick this up.  Best guess is that it was on the table where we were tallying up my purchases and it somehow got bundled into my bag on the way out.  I hope there isn't someone there who had their heart set on that book and is wondering what happened to it.  Maybe I'll see if there's a number I can call or something.
Yes, in the world I want to live in, it is entirely reasonable for someone to have their heart set on The Biology of the Paramecium.



It was a pleasant evening.
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