Sunday, November 16, 2008


DSCI0707 My favorite book sale did NOT disappoint!!! It was great! I found awesome books at great prices... almost every book I got was $1, give or take, and mostly in near-perfect condition! I had a blast, and so did my friends! And Rick's parents loved the book sale. I have a feeling they'll be back for the next one in April! And I found some great stuff!!!!

The paperbacks:


The hardbacks:


One more time, altogether now:


I got all these books (21 total) for $27.

Needless to say, I am one happy girl!!!! In case you can't see the titles (my camera's not all that great, combined with the fact that I'm not technologically savvy enough to really play around with all the functions), here's a list of what I got:


*Charmed Thirds, by Megan McCafferty (this is actually part of a young adult series I love... yes, I'm 27 years old, but I don't care... I love this series! FYI: Megan McCafferty is also a contributing writer to Health magazine, for all you healthy magazine readers out there! Check out her columns sometime- she's great!)

*Dark at the Roots: A Memoir, by Sarah Thyre (memoir of author's childhood growing up in the South with a strange family)

*Tender at the Bone: A Memoir, by Ruth Reichl (memoir of a food writer/critic)

*Further Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin (part of another series I have about a group of neighbors in the same apartment complex)

*The Tender Bar: A Memoir, by J. R. Moehringer (another memoir about a guy who grows up without a father, then goes off to college and finds a father figure at a bar he either works at or just frequents- I'm not sure- the description was vague)

*The Way We Never Were, by Stephanie Coontz (sociology book that examines the truths and myths behind the modern American family)

*Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless, by Susan Jane Gilman (another memoir- yes, I love the memoir genre!- about growing up as the only white kid in a tough Puerto Rican neighborhood)

*Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday, by various authors, edited by Megan McCafferty (exactly what it sounds like- short stories from various authors about their sixteenth birthdays)

Joy School, by Elizabeth Berg (fiction novel about a thirteen-year-old girl who moves to Missouri to live with her dad after her mother dies, and her struggle to fit in at a new school, in a new home, etc. Sounded like a good coming-of-age novel)


*You'll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again, by Julia Phillips (a producer's insider account of the behind-the-scenes drugs/sex/bitchiness/cattiness of 70s and 80s Hollywood. The author produced Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sting, and Taxi Driver, and was actually the first female producer to ever win an Academy Award for Best Picture)

*We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver (fiction novel about a woman whose son commits a high school shooting and kills nine people, and is tried as a juvenile and sent to a detention center in upstate New York. The book is actually a series of letters written by the woman to her estranged husband, reflecting on their life, their marriage, their son's childhood, what could have gone wrong, etc. I loved the book Nineteen Minutes, and it sort of reminded me of that)

*Comfort Me with Apples, by Ruth Reichl (this is the sequel to Tender at the Bone, which I also picked up at the book sale today)

*Family History, by Dani Shapiro (fiction novel about a woman who "has it all"- perfect marriage, great job, great kids, etc.- and then her infant son has an accident in her daughter's arms- I'm guessing she drops him or something awful like that- and the aftermath of that. I think this will be a tearjerker!)

*Sweet and Low, by Rich Cohen (a book that humorously looks at the Brooklyn-based Jewish family that invented Sweet N' Low. The author is part of the family, I think, or friends of the family, so it looks funny- family drama is always funny!)

*Halfway Home, by Katharine Noel (fiction novel about an overachieving high-school senior who tries to kill herself, and how her family copes and reacts to it)

*Eating My Words: An Appetite for Life, by Mimi Sheraton (yep, another food memoir from a restaurant critic! I guess I had a thing for memoirs and tearjerker fiction today!)

*Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner (this was, by far, my FAVORITE find of the day... I LOVE Jennifer Weiner, I've met her a few times and even have a pic with her somewhere, and she's autographed all of my books... this just came out a few months ago, and I saw it and literally squealed, like a Powerpuff Girl... a woman overheard me and thought it was cute, LOL! And there was another copy, and my friend Kristy grabbed it! We were both very happy girls indeed!)

*Schooled, by Anisha Lakhani (a fiction novel about a girl who recently graduated from college with her teaching degree, gets a job at an elite private school in Manhattan- LOL, it's always an elite private school in Manhattan, you know, never, like, an elite private school in Wichita, Kansas- and quickly learns about the "real world" of teaching- lots of lesson plans and grading papers, slim paychecks, bratty students, helicopter parents who try to bribe her, etc. Looked good!)

*Why I'm Like This: True Stories, by Cynthia Kaplan (yep- another memoir! About her family, childhood, etc.)

*The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, by Amy Tan (what a shock- a memoir! This is of Amy Tan's childhood. I have The Joy Luck Club in my No Book Left Behind List- can't wait to read it!)

*Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson (I'm guessing that this is a follow-up to Fast Food Nation, which I own and have read and enjoy)

And there you have it, my friends... the results of a successful book sale, and the last one I will be going to for the next six months!

And in case anyone was wondering, this brings my grand total to:

Number of books I own: 347

Number of books I own and still need to read: 212

Some might call this an addiction. My response? There are worse addictions to have. At least this one is cheap and harmless! ;-D


Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

I hope you'll check out my novel. There are used copies available on Amazon..although for some reason somebody's selling it new for only 5 bucks! Anyway-- my novel has a 15 yr. old protagonist and judging by the other books you like you'll probably enjoy Courage in Patience, too. Happy reading!

Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse
Ch. 1 & Book trailer are online!

BACON said...

Yay book sale!!! I LOVE a big book sale! Sounds like you had great luck and got some good finds. Looks like you enjoy coming of age stories like me. Have you ever read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay? Excellent book. One of my favorites, for sure! Enjoy what's left of the weekend! :-)

Anita said...

I haven't read that one yet, but I just looked up the synopsis on goodreads, and it sounds really good! Maybe I'll get around to reading it someday!!! So many books, so little time!!! :-)