Instead of parades and BBQs, I spent part of Memorial Day in a thrift store. 50% off everything, it was a madhouse. I had to climb over some people just to get to the book section. One of my favorite things is cheap books. You know, a brand new, hard cover book can cost about $20-$30 bucks. But if you rummage through all the used books, you can find some gems, in decent condition, for only a few dollars.
Yes, you read that title right. I bought four books for less than five dollars! It’s a literary miracle. Check out what I found at the thrift store.
Title: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Condition: Near Excellent
Short Summary: “She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up at R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian is on her way to a party. On a 10-mile walk through the city she reviews her life, illuminating all the ways her world has changed ― and has not.”
Why Did I Buy This?: Being a New Yorker myself, I’m a lover of stories set in New York City. Also, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I’m sorry, that cover is very pretty.
Title: Grendel by John Gardner
Cost: Like .75 cents
Condition: It’s a little bent and beat up, but overall, not horrible.
Short Summary: Grendel is a 1971 novel by American author John Gardner. It is a retelling of part of the Old English poem Beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, Grendel. In the novel, Grendel is portrayed as an antihero.
Why Did I Buy This?: Because I read Beowulf in college. And I was interested in a reinterpretation on an epic epic.
Titles: The Hound of Baskervilles and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Cost: Both cost $1 each!
Condition: Perfect condition!
Short Summary: The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1893
Why Did I Buy This?: I can’t resist anything Sherlock Holmes related. I have the casebook of Holmes, but not the memoirs. Also, both books came with fantastic illustrations!
The rest of today was spent making too much lasagna and tackling a ton of work writing. Very patriotic. Also, very stressful. Seriously, I’m up to my eyeballs in work and tomato sauce.
How’d you guys spend your Memorial Day weekend? Hopeful, you all had way more fun than I did. And what do you think about my thrift store finds?
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