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Total Spent: $13.25

P.S. Yes, I am addicted to buying used books. No, I haven't read all the books I last posted a photo of. Yes, I'm still on a short story kick (in theory). No, Mary Karr's memoir is not a short story. Yes, I do get easily distracted and yes, I do have too many damn books. Do you want to make something of it? We could, you know, because I'm just doing laundry right now and waiting for Family Guy to start, so I've got like, five hours.



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Aug. 5th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Nice haul. There's no such thing as too many books; it's right there in my profile, so it must be true.

Is that right, you rarely finish what you start, as in, books? You rarely finish a book? I'm finding that difficult to believe; surely you meant some other often-unfinished task...

I love buying used books. It seems preposterous that you can get a hardcover by a favorite author for $1 when a candy bar costs $.75 these days.
Aug. 5th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
When it comes to books, most of the time I finish what I start. Other tasks....like art projects for example, are hit and miss. If there's a deadline involved, forget it!
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Aug. 5th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'd love to do this! I'd have to do it one section at a time. I want to see photos of your collection, too.
Aug. 6th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
That's an impressively groovy stack-o-books. How do you have time to watch Family Guy with all that good readin' staring you down?
Aug. 6th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
That's quite a collection. Friended you back.
Aug. 6th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
I'm jealous;) but is there such a thing as "too many books"? I somehow doubt it.
Good haul. I love those "Friends of Library" sales. I won't tell you about the stack I got here to read.....
Aug. 6th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: woo
I want to know about your stack!
Aug. 6th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: woo
oh no you don't. Just on my desk alone, there's the 2007 Crochet Pattern a day calendar, a Betty Crocket picture cookbook, a "Craft" magazine, "Ben Hur", "Palm Weaving". "The Perfect Sister", "adventures in knitting" ( I _believe_ just having the books will teach me to knit;)) some Nicole Hollander "Sylvia" books and a Kliban book. I need to read faster or quit work;)
Aug. 7th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
You will love the Chabon book. I'm curious about Lost in Translation, post reviews!
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the Chabon book.
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Bibilomanic guilt
Bibilomania! A rare untreatable, affliction not found in the DSM IV often co-diagnosed with wordaphrenia. A disease often found in writers.
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Bibilomanic guilt
That's pretty funny. Dirk found a book (at the Friends of the Library Book Sale no less) by Hick Hornby called, The Polysyllabic Spree. The blurb on the front: "A hilarious and true account of one man's struggle with the monthly tide of books he's bought and the books he's been meaning to read."
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous!! That's one gorgeous stack of used books. I've only read (and v. much enjoyed) the Lahiri. Oooo, I wish we had sales like this around here. . .
Aug. 9th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to your forth coming chapbook.

Glad to hear you liked Lahiri. I'm looking forward to that one, too.
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, Mary Karr, I've only ever Read Sinners Welcome and then I loaned it to a friend (you know how that story ends).

If you like short stories I always recommend Amy Hempel (Amy Hempel is a great minimalist short story writer. Miss a sentence and you're lost. Nothing difficult, just every sentence matters. She's real hit and miss--she tries hard enough to actually miss--but check out "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried". That story has been widely anthologized). Then there's Pam Houston, Raymond Carver, and Alice Munro. You know, more stack for you to go through.
Aug. 9th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
I haven't read any of Mary Karr's poetry but I'm so looking forward to it.

I've read Amy Hempel's Reasons to Live and found it to be wonderful stuff.

I've read some Raymond Carver and meh, I'm not sure I understand his appeal.

Pam Houston---I love her but I haven't read any of her novels or short stories.

Alice Munro---tried her once, but not really hard. I will try her again.
Aug. 15th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Reasons to Live is my favorite fiction book, period.

I wasn't too down with Pam Houston's novel, but her shorts are great. Some call her a female response to Hemingway. I'm going to be seeing her again at a writers conference soon.

Alice Munro is hit and miss.

Raymond Carver is odd. The stories don't seem that good, but they have a way of sticking with you. I wrote on one such story here (8/13/06):
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh dear... I didn't realize The Namesake was a book...
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