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Saturday, February 4, 2006

Chapter Eighty-Nine, in which your Bibliothecary enjoys a Weekend of Book-Hunting (Part One)

Book-hunting season began a few weeks ago, but weather prevented us from actually going out on the hunt. Until today.

This morning was Day Two at one location. We usually are the big spenders at this location on preview night, so coming the morning after promised to strain our funds a little less. We arrived about ten minutes after opening, and the crowds were smaller and the selection slimmer than we were used to. That did not mean there were not treasures to be found.

In addition to four boxes of bookstore stock, we turned up several sought-after gems. Yankee Bookseller, by Charles E. Goodspeed has been on our want list for some time, and is now part of our collection. Master Class: Scenes from a Fiction Workshop, by Paul West looks to be of help in combatting writer's block. Walking a Literary Labyrinth: A Spirituality of Reading, by Nancy M. Malone may illuminate the fate of Dorian Gray. Also found were several volumes to enhance our collections in the American Revolution, the Matter of Britain, and some favoritve authors such as Milan Kundera and Arturo Perez-Reverte. A rare first edition of Sycamore, by Constance Wagner is a special treat. Finally, a book we plan to use in upcoming chapters to dazzle and impress our Dear Readers (and perhaps send them scurrying for the dictionary): The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, by Eugene Ehrlich.

The thrill of the hunt continues tonight.


  1. First of all, I must say that The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate sounds fascinating! Also, after reading your post, I must ask you -- after the delicious hunt and find and acquisition...is it difficult to see a treasured book be purchased in your store? Are there those special books that you "hide" from would-be buyers just to spend a little more time with them?

  2. Thanks for sharing your book buying tales. I'm trying to be frugal these days and so enjoy the vicarious thrill of others' purchases even more than usual. I'm looking forward to hearing snippets from "The Highly Selective Thesaurus."