Ten books I bought today:
- Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
- "Q" Clearance by Peter Benchley
- The Taking of Pellham One Two Three by John Godey
- I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
- Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
- Walden Two by B. F. Skinner
- Los Angeles Times Crossword Puzzles 2008 Year-In-A-Box Calendar, Rich Norris, ed.
- The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies by William Hanchett
- Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
- Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
OK, no. 7 isn't exactly a book. But it has an ISBN, so close enough. Total amount of money spent for the above: two bucks. The bookstore in the mall has reduced all their calendars to one dollar, and I figured eight bits was a pretty good price for 366 crossword puzzles. (Or possibly 312, if it's one of those calendars that combines Saturday and Sunday on a single page.) The other nine came from a furniture store holding a going-out-of-business sale. Everything must go! You might not think of a furniture stores as a place to buy books, but if you think about it, most furniture stores sell bookshelves, and they usually have books displayed on them. So this furniture store had hundreds of books piled up against the wall, and they were selling them for a dollar per stack. Most of them were unappealing to me for one reason or another, but I found a few gems. I particularly like the copy of Walden Two, which is a 1969 edition with a neat hippyish cover. It's a library discard, but for eleven cents, I shan't complain.