Book Haul 3-3-14

I went to Grinnell yesterday, which means a trip to the Grinnell Goodwill (their clothes are color coordinated!) and their public library with the book shop.  Pay dirt!

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M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

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We put that in the high school NF collection under Art


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson – autographed by the authors! (Giving this to a student who is a big John Green fan.)


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On These Walls, about art at the Library of Congress



Ivy and Bean, Volume 1 (Elementary, Juvenile Fiction)

Perseus (Elementary, Classics)

The Year of Living Biblically (High School, Lit Nonfiction, after my daughter finishes it)

The Color Purple (High School, Classics)

The Story of Beautiful Girl (High School, Realistic Fiction)

The Art of Fielding (High School, Sports Fiction)

Mind Wide Open (personal collection)

Norton Anthology of World Literature (personal collection)


Book party

It was a good week for books!

On Friday, I went to the Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library’s book sale and bought several books for $1 for hardcover, 50 cents for paperback.   Then I went back on Saturday and got books for $1 a bag.  (I would have bought a 2006 set of World Book encyclopedias except they were missing the U-V volume!)  On Friday, I bought books that I didn’t want to miss, and on Saturday, I bought lots of books for our Literacy Night book exchange (this Tuesday).  We have some to start at the library that we’re weeding, but if they were any good we’d be keeping those, so I wanted to get some nice ones to begin the night.  Then we went to Goodwill and I was able to pick up a few more.

So check these out!

These are for the book exchange:

Some of my favorites from there:

Some boy is going to be really happy with this dinosaur book:

This is from The Zoom Trilogy by Tim Wynne-Jones and Eric Beddows:

Here are some I got for my sons:

For my poli-sci/history major at Grinnell:

Here are the books I got for myself:

I really like that What do you know? book.  It was published in 1990, but I’m particularly fond of its quizzes – so far, I’ve only taken one, but I was scored 90/100, “having an uncommonly good grasp of common knowledge.”  I didn’t know who Albert Schweitzer, Kurt Waldheim, Virginia Woolf, Ray Kroc, Timothy Leary, or Norman Mailer were (or at least  not specific enough to count).  I didn’t know in what countries Alamogordo, Managua, or Gdansk were (I know my college son is embarrassed for me).  I didn’t know who wrote The Color Purple (I’m embarrassed for me).  I’ll have to see if there is a new edition – so I didn’t know Kurt Waldheim was the Secretary-General of the UN in the 1970s and president of Austria in the 1980s.  I know all about Honest Toddler!

Here’s an image from the inside (obviously that is Ernest Hemingway and Amelia Earhardt, which of course you knew as you also have an uncommonly good grasp of common knowledge, right?):

I used to have “international night” dinner parties, and I loved to use cookbooks from the “Cooking the _____ way” series.  If you want the basic, definitive recipes of a culture, these are the way to go.  I’m going to be on the lookout for more.

And another cookbook:

From some of my favorite authors:

And here are a few I got for the library:

This is a wordless book, but it seems more Where’s Waldo than Flotsam:
And finally, not sure if this one is for the take a book table, the library, or for my future grandchildren – The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown:

All of the pictures have a little segment if you will like this:
All in all, an excellent book haul.  I got 29 books for (drum roll please . . . ) $8.50!

Book party

I went to visit my mom on Saturday, and we went to the annual Lions Club book sale at the mall.  It was completely unorganized!  Still, I found several good books:

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen – I already own this, but I’ll keep it for my daughter’s college graduation in the spring.

Barron’s 501 Russian Verbs  – I was going to give this to my daughter who took 2 years of Russian at college, but her brother, who was with me, said he wanted it.  He’s learning Chinese and wants to learn Russian, too.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Haddix is very popular at the elementary school (her Beyond the . . . series particularly) and we don’t have this one, so hopefully it will get read.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – the cover is pretty dirty, but it will be easy enough to clean.  I don’t know if I own this or not; if I do, I’ll donate it to the high school library.

Questions Children Ask, from 1968.  Check out an interior page next . . .]

Loved the part about the moon – one year before man first walked on it.

The Girl on the Floor Will Help You, by Lavina Russ – 1969.  “This is a wise, witty, and wonderful book about people who are concerned about books – children’s books, chiefly.”  Sounds like it’s meant for my vintage books about libraries collection.

Oh, also this for $1, Frank Sinatra Beginnings.  My favorite Pandora station is Michael Buble, so I do listen to quite a bit of Frank!

Then we went to the public library’s bookstore.  It’s a lot easier to find books here, but where’s the challenge in that?

For Everything a Season by Philip Gulley – I enjoy his Harmony series about a Quaker minister and his life in a small town, so I figure I’ll like this.

The Well-Educated Mind:  A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer.  I’ll read this as soon as I’m done with my Greek and Roman Mythology class – I probably will be able to check off several items from this book with that course!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  These are very popular at the high school, so it won’t hurt to have an extra copy.

Wildlife Preserves:  A Far Side Collection by Gary Larsen.  I remember cutting out the cover cartoon from the Sunday paper when it first was published and bringing it to my typing teacher.  I thought it was very funny – preserves, preserves, get it?  She sighed philosophically and said, “Yes, that is just so true.”  I guess I was the one who didn’t get it!

Another Gary Larsen – Cows of our Planet.  I’ll put this and the previous collection at the high school library.

The Children’s Book of America by William J. Bennett

The Children’s Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett. 

Exploring Energy – a National Geographic book.  This is for the elementary library.

Calvin and Hobbes’ There’s Treasure Everywhere – this will go to the elementary library, too.

Oh I see I forgot two books (New Junior Cook Book and Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck).  But not a bad haul for $18!  (And the weekend isn’t even over yet . . . )