“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Book Acquisitions

Usually I don't buy new books.  Some people call that cheap. Actually it is being frugal. However Thursday I did break down and buy The Plays of Anton Chekhov at Barnes and Noble.  Then I went on Amazon and saw the same book for four dollars less.  Yes four dollars that could have gone into my savings!  Those dollars add up.  So, I was kind of  irritated with myself.

I am happy to be able to say that most of the books I buy are discounted.  Also, there are a lot of free books given away in my area.  These are the ones I found in the past six weeks.

Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection And Other Story Quilts.   Various Authors

The Storyteller's Goddess.   Carolyn McVickar Edwards

On Women Turning 50: Celebrating Mid-life Discoveries.   Cathleen Rountree

A Little Yellow Dog.   Walter Moseley

Small Island.   Andrea Levy

Abide With Me   Elizabeth Strout

Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island, The Master of Ballantrae, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped.  Leatherbound, unabridged, and readable font.

African Folk Tales.  Charlotte & Wolf Leslau

The Warmth of Other Suns.   Isabel Wilkerson

The Chalice And The Blade.   Riane Eisler

Silences.   Tillie Olsen

Succulent Wild Woman.   Sark

American Voices, American Women.   Edited by Lee R. Edwards and Arlyn Diamond

Selected Stories of Guy De Maupasant.

Children's Books

Trick of the Tale: Trickster Tales.   John & Caitlin Matthews

A Child's Book of Blessings.   Compiled by Sabrina Dearborn

When You Are Happy.   Eileen Spinelli

The Greedy Triangle.   Marilyn Burns

Math Curse.   Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Cassie's World Quilt.   Faith Ringgold

Art Against The Odds.   Susan Goldman Rubin

The Real Benedict Arnold.  Jim Murphy 

I get most of my books from thrift stores, used book stores, yard and library sales, and free give aways.  I give  away a lot of books too.  Bub is moving out again and his room will be a library and craft room.



  1. I very rarely buy new books, only if someone gives me a book voucher really and I just love mooching around second-hand bookshops. I don't feel bad about it because there are no small independent bookshops left where I live. Your R.L Stevenson books sound particularly lovely.

  2. Yeah, I got lucky with that one. It was just sitting in a thrift shop for $1.

    I was thinking, "What's wrong with this book? Why hasn't anyone bought it?"

    I picked it up and went through the pages and couldn't find anything wrong with it. I guess I was just in the right place at the right time.

    I love second hand bookstores too, especially if they have a place to sit down and read. No one wants to come with me because I tend to spend a few hours. Actually I don't want anyone coming unless they love being around books too.


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